Three common mistakes in consultant CVs

Your CV is often the first impression a potential client will have of you. As a result, a well-crafted CV has the power to get your foot in the door to your next dream project. Continue reading to discover the do's and dont's.

In a world where decision-makers usually skim-read CV's, there is not a lot of room for error. A good CV must be sharp, concise, and provide an objective summary of your profile in a manner that gets straight to the point highlighting your excellence.

A big part of what we do in ProData Consult is help expert IT consultants with their CV's. In fact, we assist with more than a hundred CV's every month. This gives us unique insight into some of the common mistakes that consultants make.

This article highlights three of them:

#1 - Expert in ... everything

{   ... emphasise only the areas where you are indeed an expert. In return, it will help you stand out from the competition....   }

The first common mistake we see is a tendency to claim expert level in every competency.

Some freelancers will claim that they are experts in technologies and competencies that they have not been using in the last ten years. Moreover they will not differentiate between old and newly acquired skills.

Being an expert within a certain field requires actively working with the associated technologies and being at the forefront of new advances, especially within IT. Not having demonstrated the use a of a particular competence for over a decade makes it impossible to to accurately assess the skill-level of a person.

Therefore, emphasise only the areas where you are indeed an expert. In return, it will help you stand out from the competition.

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Getting an outside view of your CV is helpful to assess your top skills and recent experiences.

#2 - Giving your CV a "personal touch"

Another typical mistake consultants make in their CV's is the inclusion of too much personal information such as, family, hobbies, travels and other private facts. In other words, information that does not directly help to demonstrate whether the consultant can do the job or not.

Instead, stick to the professional aspect and focus on your career. When it comes to your skills and experience focus on:

  • the what and why,
  • acquired skills (when),
  • recent experiences (e.g. last five years).
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#3 - Getting off-topic

If you have been part of several projects and helped companies transition from A to B. That is fantastic; however, remember that your CV should be about you, including a brief account of your career, qualifications and contributions.

It is not very interesting how company X went from A to B. What matters is the specific role you played in this particular journey of the company, emphasising the competencies you used and how you used them. You are the star of your CV.

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Turn the spotlight back on yourself by describing the role and skills you used in a particular project or job. Emphasise how your competencies and your specific role contributed to a project's goal or in the overall company journey.

Remember the basics

The tips mentioned above cover some of the common mistakes we see often. But the list is not complete.

Other common mistakes, such as poor formatting and spelling errors, are just as important to be aware of, with the latter able to ruin even the best of CV's.

Remember, writing a perfect CV is not easy but keep these tips in mind and you will be well on your way!

Need help with your CV?

Did you know that ProData Consult can assist you in the creation of a professional CV?

By registering your profile and CV with us and completing the CV wizard in the Consultant Portal, our helpful and dedicated Sourcing specialists can review your CV and suggest improvements.

We invite you to to chat and comment with our CV experts to perfect your resume.