Improve your CV
Did you know, on average only 10 seconds is spent reviewing a CV? This is exactly why you need to make sure your CV showcases your skills and expertise. It’s important to take the time to get it right and take your time to build a CV that clearly demonstrates who you are and what you have achieved. To give you a helping hand, we’ve created some useful guidelines to help you make it a winning read.
Here's some simple rules to help create your CV
You will need to separate your CV into sections, that way the prospective employer can read your CV with ease and view the areas and your skills that are most relevant to the job.
There are myths about the length of the CV and that the shorter the better. The reality is that the ideal length should be between 2-3 pages long which should be enough to showcase all your natural talent and skills
Always start with this section, as a winning profile can be the decider, if the perspective employer will read on or not.
Write your email address, any telephone numbers, and your address clearly. Many jobseekers forget this!
It’s important to focus on further education, particularly diplomas, qualifications and degrees, unless you are a student, then you must list the level you are studying at.
It’s important to list the qualifications that have been achieved. This shows the employer that you qualified in the area that they are looking to employ in.
Current or last employment
There needs to be a lot of relevant information in this section. You really must take your time and list your experience and achievements gained.
Previous employment history
Ensure the CV lists your work experience from most current to past jobs and not the other way around. An employer will normally only scan the first page and you need to have the most impactful jobs listed on that first page.
Training and development
Only show the most relevant training courses to showcase specific skills to the role you are applying for.
Personal interests and activities
It is recommended to give the employer a flavour of what you like do outside of work, hobbies and interests, as the client may share some common ground with you. This will provide an insight into some of your qualities.
Top tip is to tailor it
Don’t forget to tailor your CV to match the job you are applying for. If you keep it generic the chances are the prospective employer will think not much time or effort has been put into the application and that you are not being as passionate as you should be about the role.
Don’t forget the facts
Keep your CV factual. Don’t write anything that you can’t back up – interviewers will ask you to explain your career achievements and highlights in more detail so be prepared to back up your statements.
Make sure it’s error-free
Nine out of ten CV’s have errors and often rejected as a result. Make sure you CV is error-free. It’s always a good idea to get someone to proof read it for you. Do look out for grammar mistakes too – it’s important to use the correct language.
References will be required
You do not need to place these onto your CV, although make sure you state the references are available on request.
No negative information
Leave any negative information off your CV, like why you left your last job. Any points or concerns the interviewer has to raise can be discussed within the interview.