A CV is your own personal “Advert”, use it to sell yourself and make potential Employers want to learn more about you. We’ve put together this list that will help get you onto their Interview list.
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1. Keep it short
A CV should be no more than two pages of A4 paper, as a summary of your job/career history, it should grab potential Employers interest and leave them wanting to meet you face to face.
2. Tailor Your CV
Take the time to adapt your CV for each role that you apply for, research the company and use the job advert to highlight what skills, qualifications and experience you have that they will be looking for.
3. Make it Personal
Introduce yourself with a short personal statement at the top of your CV to explain what makes you the best person for the job.
4. Fill the Gaps
Make sure there are no gaps in your work history, if you’ve been out of work for any period of time, include the dates noting if you were “seeking work”, “furthering education “or simply taking a career break.
5. Be Honest
Information declared on your CV will form part of the basis upon which you may be offered employment, any discrepancies could cause a problem further down the line.
6. Facts and Figures
Illustrating achievements in factual numbers is a great way to impress, for example, “I increased sales by 70% over a six-month period”, sounds better than just saying “I increased sales”.
7. The Layout
How your CV looks and feels forms the first impression on the candidate applying, make sure you use the same typeface and colour throughout the document, avoiding too large or too small a font. Slightly thicker paper can also make your CV stand out in a pile.
8. Check and Double Check
Always use spellchecker and get a friend to check it over, mistakes may give potential employers the wrong first impression.
9. Keyword Friendly
If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site so recruiters can find you, keywords are very important. Job titles and job buzzwords for your sector or job role will help a search engine pick out your CV. If you’re not sure, have a search online and see which words are commonly mentioned when you input your job title.
10. Keep it Current
Your CV should be kept up-to-date with all your work history and experience, don’t be modest, include career milestones and achievements.
We hope you’ve found this helpful and wish you every success in your job search.