Most tenders require Curriculum Vitae (CVs) of the team members delivering the job to be included in your submission. Evaluation criteria are specific about the skills, qualifications and experience required from successful bidders.

CVs are a critical part of your tender response. If you don’t showcase a competent team to deliver the job then your likelihood of winning is very low.

Here are our top tips for a great ‘technical’ CV. We identified these from editing hundreds of CVs over the years.

1. Keep it short and to the point.

Aim for a CV that is 1-2 pages. No big line spacing. Be succinct and avoid long complex lists of roles and responsibilities. Include a high-level summary for each section.

2. Tailor it.

Take the time to personalise the CVs for the specific tender you are bidding for. Remove experience that is irrelevant to the project and talk your customer’s language.

3. A powerful career summary to start.

Begin the CV with a career summary which includes years of experience in the relevant industry, areas of (technical) experience, countries of work experience and career highlights. Stick to the technical detail of the capabilities. Avoid waffle such as writing about how motivated and driven you are, hobbies, interest etc.

4. Use abbreviations with caution.

Never assume readers know what your industry abbreviations and terms are. Always write abbreviations out in full, especially qualifications.

5. Match the evaluation criteria. 

Most tenders are very specific about the format and information required. Make sure you provide exactly what they ask for. If the qualifications and skills don’t match the evaluation criteria then your candidate is not the right person for the job.

6. Be honest.

This ties in with our point above. Not being honest about your abilities can land you in trouble when it comes to delivering the job.

7. Make it look good. 

Standardise the format with your brand and keep the level of detail the same for all CVs you submit. This makes it much easier for evaluators to score, find information and compare.

8. Showcase awards, publications and presentations. 

These instantly build credibility and makes your candidate look like an expert in their field.

9. A professional photo is vital.

Make sure the photo is appropriate and business-like. A head and shoulders photo behind a white background always looks good.

10. Plausible contact details.

Only list an appropriate email address and an up-to-date cell phone number.