Having a stand out CV is one of the first things you should do to ensure a great first impression on potential employers.
You might be surprised to learn that most people struggle with what to include, and how to structure their CV, with many never having received any sound CV advice.
You need to make sure you get it perfect the first time, especially in such a competitive jobs market.
So how can you write a great CV?
Here are our top ten tips for an excellent CV:
1. Be concise - long paragraphs could lead to the reader putting your CV to the bottom of their pile. Don’t waffle, but don’t forget to highlight your strengths!
2. Prioritize - Keep information to a minimum. It sounds like a hard thing to do when you’re trying to sell yourself, but it’s better to keep your CV relevant rather than full of pointless facts about yourself.
3. Don’t repeat information - Make sure you go through your CV and remove anything that sounds repetitive. You’ll be amazed at the improvement just by following this simple step.
4. Proofread, proofread, and proofread again! - It can’t be stressed enough how important this is, yet many people still leave mistakes on their CV. One small spelling mistake or difference in format could cost you an interview place. It sounds harsh, but unfortunately it’s true, especially for competitive positions. Ask a friend or family member to read it over before you start sending it out. It’s good to get a fresh pair of eyes – they might spot mistakes that you didn’t notice.
5. Use bullet points - Bullet points look much better than paragraphs, and are much easier to read. Today, employers will be sifting through hundreds of CV’s at a time, and you need to make sure it’s easy for them to read. Sometimes, they will only spend around 30 seconds glancing over a CV, so you need to make yours stand out from the crowd.
6. Know how to market yourself - At the end of the day, your CV is a marketing document. You need to make sure your CV has impact, and will not be forgotten when the reader looks over other people’s CV’s. Keep it clear and concise.
7. Be objective - Unfortunately, employers are not interested in you as a person, only what you are able to bring to their company. You need to write your CV to be viewed from the perspective of the reader. How can you help them?
8. What can you offer? - Following on from the last point, you need to be able to show what you have to offer their company. Why should someone employ you over the other candidates for the position?
9. Tell the truth! - Don’t lie on your CV; it’s easier than you might think to get caught out. Also be ready to explain any career gaps you may have.
10. Know your market - You have to identify your target market; don’t just write a generic CV. Think about what kind of skills and knowledge employers in your market need an employee to have. Make sure you have covered all the points in the job specification. It takes time to tailor each CV to each application, but it could just be the difference to you getting an invitation to interview.
Published by Holborn Training.