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IT graduates need different CVs to norm

Published: Friday, 02 July 2010   Category: Career Advice

Although many graduates may seek and benefit from the tips offered by career advisors, those studying IT-related courses may not reap the same rewards, it has been suggested.

Speaking to Business Week, Shana Westerman, a recruiting manager with IT staffing firm Sapphire Technologies, feels that this is because the CVs for prospective IT staff are different to those of typical graduates.

She highlights that IT staff need to combine a range of both technical and functional skills on their CVs, which do not lend themselves to the typical advice given by trained career helpers.

Instead, she notes that a CV should be kept to two pages and be as clear as possible with the skills they have and the depth of experience they have accrued with each technology.

Ms Westerman explained through the news provider that her clients "look for details so they don't have to make assumptions about what people did".

"They want to see in black and white that certain skill sets are definitely held by this person. They want to be crystal clear on what this person is capable of doing and what they've done in the past," she added.

Work Wise UK chief executive Phil Flaxton has previously revealed that lies should not be told on CVs by those desperate to find a graduate job, as employers will find out.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19872097-ADNFCR

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