Information technology, or IT, refers to anything involving computer-based information. Because the IT industry is so broad, it offers many diverse career tracks. The scope of IT jobs can range from roles such as software developers to computer analysts to systems administrators to customer service technicians.
If you are applying for an IT job outside of the United States, you will likely need to submit a CV instead of a resume. Unlike a resume, a CV can be longer than one page: usually they are at least two pages long. An international IT CV typically includes information related to your education, work experience, research, publications, and other achievements.
You can streamline your search for an IT job abroad by using one of these international job search engines to locate interesting job opportunities in your area of technical expertise.
Make sure you know what to include in your international CV so that you impress employers and show that you are right for the job.
Tips for Writing an International Information Technology CV
Research the country. Different countries require different information on CVs. For example, some countries want personal information such as your marital status or age, while others (such as the United Kingdom) do not.
Some want a photograph of you attached to the CV, while others do not. Some countries want to see information on your CV in a particular order as well. Do your research so you include the right information.
Look at samples. One of the best ways to begin writing your CV is to look at sample CVs. Ask friends or colleagues for sample CVs (particularly CVs from the country to which you are applying for jobs). You might also search online for sample CVs in your job field and country. See what information they include, and consider formatting your CV in a similar way.
Think about what information to include. The information you include will depend on your background and the specific job you are applying for. Some required sections include your contact information, employment history, and education.
However, you might also include sections on certifications and accreditations, skills, awards, publications, presentations, professional memberships, and more. Only include sections that are relevant to the job.
Put the most important information first. What information is most important depends on a number of factors: the country, the industry, and your level of experience. However, there are a few tips to keep in mind.
First, include your contact and personal information at the top of your CV. If you have limited work experience, highlight your education and academic achievements first. If you have a more extensive work history (that is relevant to the job), you might include that work history before any academic achievements.
Put whatever will most impress the employer towards the top of your CV.
Proofread and edit. Be sure to thoroughly proofread your CV after you write it, looking for spelling and grammar errors. Also check for any formatting errors. For example, if one section heading is in bold, all of your section headings should be in bold. Consider asking a friend, family member, or career services counselor to read through your CV for you.
Review more international CV writing tips. For more general information about how to ascertain the unique CV format requirements of specific nations, what sort of “tone” to use in an international CV, and when long CV formats (2 or more pages) are required, please have a look at International Curriculum Vitae Example and Writing Tips.
Information Technology CV Example
Download the CV template for IT work (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online).
Information Technology CV Example (Text Version)
JOHN L. APPLICANT
111 Main Street
- Tech Maharaja Engineering College, May 2014
- Shiri Ganga Higher Secondary School, March 2012
- Government Boys Higher Secondary School, March 2010
- Languages: C, Core Java, VB 6.0, Unix shell scripts, HTML
- Platforms: Windows XP/98/95/00, NT, Red Hat Linux (9.0, ES, WS)
- Concepts: networking, operating systems
- Expertise in: Installing Red Hat Linux configuring servers (DNS, FTP, NFS, NIS, SAMBA, APACHE, DHCP, MAIL), troubleshooting, user permissions (LVM)
- Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) - Enterprise Linux 4 #1114006719821418
- Brain-bench certified Linux Assessment #T20110714001A
Java Web Developer, XYZ Tech Company, 2016-Present
- Completed half a dozen new web application projects and offered application support for half a dozen existing applications.
- Led dozens of development projects managing 5-6 developers.
- Provided technical oversight for over a dozen other web developers.
Web Development Engineer, ABC Association, 2014-2016
- Worked with internal- and external-facing systems to build UI experiences.
- Led multiple projects developing front-end software using frameworks including Angular and React.
- Tech, Final Semester project as part of the B.TECH curriculum, April 2014 P
Project: "Integrated Java-Based Web Server"
- Tech course project, December 2013
- Project: Developed manual dictionary in V.B. 6
- Tech course project, April 2013
Project: Deleted all files concurrently using shell scripts
- Linux Servers
- Distributed Systems
Association for Engineering
Organization of Engineering Education in Southeast Asia
OTHER ACTIVITIES & HOBBIES
Volunteer, Beginning Coding Nonprofit