Demand for people with your skills is high. Whether you’re a Web, Java, Front End or Full Stack Developer, there are some fantastic companies offering contract and perm Developer jobs in London and Initi8 Recruitment can certainly help you with seeking them out!

So how do you tailor your CV so that you can get a chance at your ideal job?

Keep it simple. – Don’t overcomplicate your CV. There’s plenty of time to show off your amazing design skills through links to your portfolio and GitHub, but not here. Name, Links to Portfolio/GitHub, Profile/Personal Summary, Skills, Work History, Education/Qualifications, Hobbies & Interests – in ascending order is the standard layout you should be following.

Links to Portfolio/GitHub – You’re very talented and you’ve worked on projects you’re proud of, so show them off!! A technical person will want to see what you can do at some point, so let them see your code! If you don’t have a portfolio then create one, and if you don’t have a GitHub then get one. Equally as important though, is making it clear on your CV what you did. Either provide a link which shows your specific contribution, or clearly describe what you did. A link to a homepage on its own is next to pointless.

Profile/Personal Summary – This is as simple as it sounds but merely including one is something a number of people don’t do. First or third person doesn’t matter, keeping it concise and to the point does. Job title, years’ of experience and what you’re looking for will suffice. More information is fine, as is putting your own spin on it, providing you don’t overcomplicate it.

Skills – You may be thinking that by listing as many technologies as possible you’ll blow them away with your astounding knowledge of all things technical. Quite the oppositeDo not list every technology you’ve ever come across. This will have the adverse effect you’re hoping for and drown the valuable skills you do have in a sea of jargon. Limit this list to the technologies you actually use and are proficient in – and if you can hand-code in native JavaScript then tell them.

Work History – This should be reverse chronological with each role listed as Company – Job Title – Dates of Employment. Include the months. If you don’t then the reader will start questioning why you haven’t, which isn’t what you want. Underneath this, describe your role with your key responsibilities and what you did on a day-to-day basis. If you mentored a junior member of the team, then say it. If you progressed from ‘Senior’ to ‘Team Lead’, then say it. Underneath each role have a “Key technologies used” section which lists (you guessed it) the key technologies you used in this position. Keep this very brief and only list the core skills you used.

Education/Qualifications – Any relevant certification or education is good. Developers that have some formal training with a combination of relevant industry experience are always looked on well. Give brief details of your education – institutions, dates, subjects studied, and so on.

Hobbies/Interests – Don’t miss this section! No word of a lie, a client of ours was once more intrigued by my candidate’s sailing past than his skill-set, and invited him in for an interview. Sadly he didn’t get the job, but hey, he could have!

So there you have it, a crash-course in formatting a CV for Developers. This alone won’t lead you to a prosperous job search, but it’s hopefully a good starting point for those of you are heading into the wilderness.

If you’re on the hunt for a new role and would like to get in touch, please email or call us on 0207 092 8190