Creating the perfect CV need not be hard work!
We’ve come up with some CV tips to help you write a CV that employers will take notice of.
Remember, a CV is your first chance to show potential employers how good you are, and if you’re CV isn’t up to scratch you’re damaging your chances of getting invited to the interview stage.
Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do when writing a CV:
- Change your CV to fit each job – It can be time consuming when you’re applying for a lot of jobs at the same time, but tailoring your CV to a job specification can greatly improve your chances of getting an interview. Highlight the skills that you have that are important for each job.
- Showcase your achievements – Don’t just list what you have been responsible for in your previous positions – say what you achieved or helped the company to achieve and give concrete examples to back it up.
- Ask someone to proofread – After you’ve proofread yourself, ask someone to look over your CV to check for any mistakes you might not have noticed. Make sure your CV is clear and easy to read, with space between each sections.
- Include what makes you stand out – What sets you apart from other candidates? Can you speak another language? Do you have excellent IT skills? Remember – the job market is tough and employers have to sift through a lot of CV’s before they go on to select a few to interview. If you don’t think your workplace skills stand out enough, why not look at our courses to see how you can give your skills a boost.
- Be concise – Keep your CV to a maximum of two pages. This may mean you have to be ruthless, but it will help you remove the less important information and highlight your strengths instead.
- Prioritise – include your most important information first. Start with a short, high impacting paragraph that highlights your personal profile and ambitions.
- Be negative – Even if you hated a previous job, don’t let it show on your CV.
- Include a photo – Unless requested otherwise.
- Include your salary expectations – This should be kept for after the interview when you get to a negotiation stage with the employer.
- Lie – Employers will check to see if what you’ve included is true, so it’s not worth the risk to your career to fabricate or lie.
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