CV’s are the first point of contact with employers for many candidates, so it is vital that you sell yourself effectively, get yourself noticed and, above all, make sure any potential door is not closed to you.
First impressions are made within the first few seconds of reading a CV, so it is vital that you present yourself in the best way possible.
- Including a picture
Do not distract employers from your achievements and skills by attaching a selfie to your CV.
Keep the layout simple, avoid adding any tables. Short blocks of text work well, and bullet points are fine provided the list isn’t too long. Employers like CV’s that are easy to follow.
It may seem obvious but it’s worth mentioning because there are far too many examples of people who ignore this advice – do make sure you check it through for clarity, spelling and grammar.
- Listing irrelevant achievements
Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for and only list the achievements that are relevant to the role. Employers are looking for keywords when scanning your CV, so make sure to include them when describing your previous roles.
If possible avoid having gaps on your CV, make sure you check that your dates add up before sending your CV to an employer.
- Keep it concise
Two pages is optimal unless you have been advised otherwise. Do not ramble and keep to the point.
- Use a professional sounding email address
This one sounds simple but it’s amazing how many people use rather unprofessional sounding email addresses for their job hunt, you do not do yourself any favours by having an inappropriate email address.
- Include details
Don’t just make broad, sweeping statements. Make precise statements and claims, backed up with facts. Include details and figures if possible to make your points even more impactful.
- Be sure of your facts
Every single thing on your CV should be something you can discuss in great length at interview if required. You need to be able to back up claims with facts, figures and examples. Do not ever lie on your CV, employers will catch you out when questioning you in interview!
- Be specific
Outline specific duties, responsibilities or experiences you’ve had.
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