A well-written CV is one of the main tools you have to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs! However, get it wrong, and you could find yourself missing out on an interview for your dream position. Read our top tips below and get your CV job ready.
These should always be tailored to the position applied for and should include why you want to work in that sector and role and any transferrable skills you have gained. Some information about your personality and attitude here is an excellent way to ‘personalise’ your CV and make a good first impression.
Use a skills list
A skills list is a ‘snapshot’ so employers can see at a glance if you are a good fit for the vacancy. Make sure you read the Job Description so you can adjust these to better suit the role.
Add achievements and successes
Stand out from the crowd by providing personal or work-based achievements and successes. These can be individual or achieved as part of a team and will show an employer what sets you apart from the others.
Look online for free CV templates, and an excellent place to start is www.myworldofwork.co.uk where you will find additional advice on CV’s and interview preparation.
Keep it short
A short, sharp CV will be more likely to hold a readers attention. Using bullet points to break up lengthy text will enable you to condense information into punchy sentences. Around 2-3 pages in length are ideal.
Use a clear font style
Calibri, Arial or Verdana and a font size of 11 or 12 – any smaller can make it more difficult to read.
Spelling and grammar
Even a small mistake in your CV will not help in your search for a new job. Sometimes, the slightest error will result in the recruiter discarding your CV before they have even looked through it properly! Enlist the help of a friend or family member to proofread your CV before you send it out.