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Can we have a word about CVs? In general - but this is mostly tech based? Here we go.

Note, these are MY opinions and ideas about CVs, BUT, CVs I have helped work on, even in non-tech areas, have actually been *praised* for their clarity.

Please tag #students!
First off - a #CV is a 'sales document' and NOT a 'factual account of your life story'.

It is designed for one purpose - to initiate and guide a conversation. What conversation? Your interview.
AS such - TWO PAGES, PLEASE!! No more. No less. Everyone over 18 has two pages of stuff they have done.

ORDER - most recent first, please.

Structure - always tell me where and when. Where did you do the thing and when did you do it. Jobs, work exp, volunteering - always.
Next - starters orders. Always have:
* A short profile - short para saying who you are, that you have experience, and that you are capable of being trusted to sit on a chair. Easy to write...
* Key achievements - three (NOT 4, NOT 2, 3...) bullet points of things you want the reader to know if they read NOTHING ELSE of the CV.

Speaking of which - the correct format of bullet points is:
* important keywords in bold - short description. See image for a worked example:
Why? It makes your CV immediately accessible. I am not looking for your life, as an interviewer. I am looking for key words that tell me you can do the job or are aware of the relevant tech/tools...
With this structure I can just read the bold words, and it is immediately intuitive for me to do so. If I care about customer service, I will read the bullet point text above :P But if I don't care about the details, I will still know you can do it - that's how the brain works.
DO. NOT. COPY. PASTE. Big no no no. You can repeat stuff - if you understand OWASP Top 10 that is a skill, and if it was part of a job then put that down there, too. Few will read EVERYTHING. But please, please DO NOT copy/paste. Esp. with errors. It's so, amateur.
Avoid too much repetition, though - if you have 5 bullet points of "knowledge of..." then just have a 'knowledge of' section and put these.

Seriously, just consider the consistency and interest.
Use the page width! If you have 10 half-sentence bullet points (skills or quals) then consider using double or even triple column format. Use the full space of the page effectively and efficiently.
As well as keeping it consistent in format, keep it CORRECT!! Example: If you decide to use cool commands like "$> whoami" for your about me section (which is nice) and other commands for headers - then MAKE SURE THE COMMANDS HAVE GOOD SYNTAX!!
I am a technician. I use linux everyday. I *will* know if the command is wrong. It's like when I see fork bombs on hacker hoodies as ":(){:|:&};:"
instead of ":(){ :|:& };:"
If you don't know why it's wrong, don't put it.

It takes so little effort to check, SO CHECK! :P
If you do other things - like using programming syntax etc. - consider it as the above. Make sure it works. If you are an engineer and use CAD or electronics engineer and use a schematic format - just make sure it's plausible and correct - it can be cool, but think it through.
Include non-relevant work exp in an 'other' section. I have 'relevant' and 'other' work exp sections. You working in a bar is not relevant, so don't put it before the fact you shadowed in a SOC for a week just because it happened more recently.
References are always available on request. Don't put your address - unless I have to mail you stuff. Don't put your DOB as I've never seen it as relevant. I have only ever needed email and a phone number.

GDPR is a thing, peeps.
Lastly - trim the fat. Ask; "is this relevant??"

IF you have two degrees, I don't need your high school results. I never need to know you went to primary school - let alone which one.

Keep it relevant. Keep it accessible. Keep it clean.
Put your hobbies and interests! Did you volunteer at a BSides? Do you run a meetup? Do you like reading and white water rafting? Did you grow an award winning turnip?

I know *many* CTOs and senior managers who will skip your actual CV and go straight to this section. Seriously.
Why? Well, when *everyone* that is applying has a 2:1/first in cybersecurity from a university, with glowing references - literally, it's then about the person and the fit. You, yes YOU, *ARE* an awesome rounded interesting person - so just show it! :D
Storytime - I actually got a job because I loved writing in assembly and so did my interviewer. We geeked out for 15mins with the others just looking on. I didn't have the relevant C++ experience. But I was telling this manager that I could get it, because of a tech hobby I had.
Spell and grammar check it THOROUGHLY!! The CV is the first impression. Get friends to help review it. Or ask me - I do a lot of them. Just drop me a DM. Seriously. It is worth the time and extra pair of eyes.
Lastly - have a portfolio. Make sure that your portfolio is up to date and correct. This is where you show off your personal projects and stuff you're interested in. Have it on a website/github accessible for poeple to see, and make sure it's of decent quality.
This advice is based on many years of me getting tech jobs and more recently, hiring for tech jobs. But the advice goes well beyond tech.

If you think this is BS? Cool. But let me tell you a story first...
A friend of mine - recently graduated radiographer - was interviewing for a new job. I helped with the CV and we got it looking niiice. She liked it, I liked it. Cool beans.

Interview came and went and she got the job... with the comment:
"You didn't interview well, but we really like the CV and you organised everything really well, and seemed like a good fit."

Remember: The CV is the first impression. Treat it as such.
Seniors who have made it this far - SUPPORT PEOPLE LOCALLY!! Run CV/interview workshops at the local uni. Do it at a con - a la @mzbat and @hacks4pancakes style. Offer it to anyone who will listen, and don't fucking bullshit people because I will hear about it and I will be mad.
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