Top tips for highlighting your skills and experience on your tech CV

James Milligan, Global Head of Technology at Hays

Whether you’ve spent years in tech or are a relative newcomer, it’s tempting to list as much information about yourself as possible on your CV. Alternatively, you’ll almost certainly have plenty of experience and skills that you might not have considered mentioning but that would massively improve your perception in the reader’s eyes.

Yes, you’ve got to highlight your relevant accomplishments and abilities, but it’s just as important to make sure that you evidence these properly with supporting details. Failing to include the context around what you’ve done will leave your reader none the wiser, and your CV won’t stand out.

Here are some tips for showing off who you and the value you’ll bring to an organisation. You can check out the latest jobs in tech here.


How to reference your soft skills properly

When it comes to adding soft skills to a CV, most people do one of two things: omit them entirely, or list them briefly in their personal statement or in a dedicated section. Neither are helpful.

Instead of just using adjectives to describe yourself without anything to back it up, you can weave examples into your story as proof. Here are some common words that candidates use, and ideas of how to support them:

  • “Creative” – give examples of your experience in problem solving, or ways you’ve driven growth (use quantifiable data here as further evidence)
  • “Adaptable” – describe occasions where you’ve adapted to a change in your role or during a project
  • “Strong communicator” – list where you have collaborated, negotiated, led a team (particularly if based in multiple locations) or done any public speaking
  • “Team player” – include any team projects, or where you’ve worked with others

How to evidence your tech experience

Personal development

Some parts of your experience will not fit neatly into your career history, but it’s worth including your personal development. There are different ways you can do this depending on your roles and experience. For example:

  • Training courses you’ve attended, including some examples
  • Qualifications you’ve gained
  • The number of awards or accolades you’ve won
  • Relevant extracurricular activities (something covered in this blog on entering the tech workforce)
  • Communities (either online or physical) that you have joined or regularly participate in

Team management/leadership

This is going to be common among many experienced candidates. Make sure you address these questions, using quantifiable data and adding further details that paint a bigger picture about the sort of leader you are:

  • How many people did you manage? Was that face to face, remote or hybrid?
  • How senior were the individuals?
  • What were the retention rates?
  • How did people progress in the business or be successful?
  • Who did you successfully mentor to get further on?

If you’ve worked in a team before but not led one, instead focus on your responsibilities within it. This is where you can evidence soft skills such as communication and cooperation.

By following the advice outlined above, you’ll have a much better chance of standing out from the crowd and persuading the reader that you’re the right candidate for the role.

Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming series, in which we’ll be offering expert advice on how to make your skills shine when applying for roles in specific tech specialisms.

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James Milligan
Global Head of Technology at Hays


James Milligan is the Global Head of Technology at Hays, having joined in 2000. In his role, he is responsible for the strategic development of Hays' technology businesses globally.