Your CV is one of the most important tickets to opening doors in your job search and is often the first opportunity you have to impress your potential employer.
Make sure your CV stands out from the crowd and follow our CV tips and advice for success.
Get the basics right
Make sure your CV is regularly updated and portrays you in the best light possible. Checking for missing skills, achievements or job roles is crucial as you could potentially miss off that new skill you have developed which would be the deciding factor to whether you get the job.
Some suggested headings for your CV could include:
- Personal statement
- Contact information
- Relevant skills
- Work history and/or experience
- Education & Qualifications
- Hobbies & Interests
Presentation is key
First impressions count and how you present your CV is just as important as how you present yourself. Badly formatted CVs with lots of borders or boxes can be distracting. Keep it simple, neat and remember to stick to no more than two pages in length.
Look at your CV, read it thoroughly. What does it say about your relevant experience or skills for this position? It’s important to alter your CV in line with the role that you’re applying for, using the job description and company information as a guide. This enables you to respond directly to the job description and explain exactly why you are the right candidate for the role.
To make the best impact you should always start with your most recent role, and then work backwards chronologically. By taking this approach, you ensure that a potential employer does not mistake your level of experience based on your very first role.
It is important to reflect your reasons for leaving your current role in a positive manner. When a potential employee talks negatively about a past employer, regardless of the circumstances, you risk casting yourself in a negative light. If you are a contractor, then this is your opportunity to detail your contract durations.
Including a ‘key skills’ section to your CV to act as a summary is another great way to show that you’re qualified for the job you are applying for. It’s useful to have it near the top of your CV, to show off your most relevant industry experience immediately.
TOP TIP: Keep to the point and where appropriate make sure you can back up your claims with examples.