Mixing Up The Right Ingredients – Tech CV Tips

  • Lisa Hon
  • AUTHOR: Lisa Hon
  • Posted: 30/08/2017
Mixing Up The Right Ingredients – Tech CV Tips

Your CV is the ultimate tool when competing for your dream job.  On the Great British Bake Off, each week the bakers tackle a different baking skill, which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds.  Similarly, if your CV doesn’t have the necessary ingredients, you’ll swiftly find yourself on the chopping block.  Before the course of interviews, your CV will give you the initial leg up over your competitors, as consultants we follow the trials and tribulations of those from diverse backgrounds and every corner of Britain, as they attempt to prove their technical prowess. 

When it comes to making your CV the best it can be, the important thing to remember is that you should keep it short, sweet and well laid out; similar to the baking challenges on the GBBO.

To do this, we’ve compiled the essential ingredients to make sure that your CV goes from inbox to interview.  From there it’s up to you to make the cut and stay off the chopping block.


Illustration image credit: GBBO's Tom Hovey


The Challenges


Signature Bake

This challenge tests the baker’s personality and ability.

You’ll want to showcase you and your abilities to really stand out.  While seemingly simple, it’s surprising how many people misplace or leave off their contact details all together.  Make sure you are easily contactable with your details front and center.

Show off who you are – think elevator pitch.  Keep your background and what you are looking for concise and to the point.  You don’t need to write a lot if you write the right things.  Include the basics such as links, technologies used, education, skills, experience and achievements.


Illustration image credit: GBBO's Tom Hovey


Technical Bake

This challenge separates ‘the wheat from the chaff’.  Take a basic recipe, use the same ingredients and produce a finished product.  This sounds easy enough, but the variation of finished products is a result of technical knowledge and experience – or lack thereof. 

The pressure is on as you lay out your skills.  Think about the keywords you are using because hiring managers, recruiters and clever algorithms quickly scan CVs. 

Consistency is also vital and ensures your mixture is free of any unnecessary lumps and bumps.  Make sure to layout your dates, titles and experiences so that they follow the same format throughout your CV.  Will you rise to the task with knowledge and experience?


Illustration image credit: GBBO's Tom Hovey


Showstopper Bake

In the final challenge, the bakers showcase their depth of skill and talent.  The oven gloves are off as they attempt to impress. 

Give your CV as much personal flavour as possible.  Links to communities that show off your skills or personal websites are extremely beneficial as are recommendations from team members and managers.

Hobbies and interests are the items of CV controversy, some will tell you to include this section and some to leave it off.   We think mentioning any active participation in technology outside of work will set you apart.  If your extra curriculars will highlight certain skills or relevant projects, then you could be well on your way to a winner. 


Illustration image credit: GBBO's Tom Hovey



OB CV Ingredient list:


Basics :

- Contact details

- Links

- Education


Profile Pitch:

- Who you are

- What you have done

- What you love doing

- What you would most like to do next


Skills :

- Languages

- Technologies used

- Systems used

- Methodologies used


Extras :

- Hobbies

- Interesting personal projects

- Achievements


Your CV is a chance to show off your personal flavour.  Whilst a seemingly simple task, it’s often a challenge to set out and mix up the right consistency.  For our top tips on CV layouts, best formatting practices or how to write for a technical audience get in touch with one of our specialist consultants today. 


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