Struggling to maximize the full potential of your CV?
It can be a real challenge when it comes to writing or updating your CV. You want to make sure you’ve got all the relevant information to impress your potential employees and showcase your skills and experience, but you need to ensure they are actually going to read it in the first place.
With an award winning Customer Service & Satisfactory policy embedded throughout our business, we offer an honest, consultative and professional approach when representing you to the market, so here are some CV writing tips to save you time and make your CV stand out from the rest!
Keep it short and sweet - The most effective CVs aren’t just informative, they’re also concise. Try and get straight to the most impactful points, and ideally take up no more than two sides of A4.
Use bullet points - They’re a great way to draw attention to any key facts or relevant information, allowing a hiring manager to skim your CV easily and find out your significant achievements without getting lost in a sea of text.
Play to your strengths - Format your CV to maximise the impact of your application. For example, if you feel a lack of experience is holding you back, lead with education instead! As long as you can relate it back to the role in question, how you order the sections is very much up to you.
Present things in a logical order - Use sufficient spacing, clear section headings (e.g. work experience, education) and a reverse chronological order to keep things clear and easily legible. Also highlight your most recent achievements.
Choose a professional font - A professional font ensures that your CV can be easily read and simply scanned. Comic Sans, for example, is going to be a bad choice!
Other things to do: Include contact details, keep your email address professional (firstname.lastname@example.org isn’t going to look good!) It’s actually a good idea to create a brand new email not only for this reason but to keep all job related emails in one easy to manage inbox.
Try to include too much - The ideal CV should be a checklist of all of your accomplishments. It should not be your life story. Tailoring your CV to the role is a great way to skim some of the fat and keep it relevant.
Be afraid of white space - Don’t fear the gaps. Even if you think your CV looks quite bare, as long as you’ve included all the relevant information and applicable, quantifiable achievements, you needn’t worry. Remember: Sometimes less is more.
Include irrelevant information - Before including any points in your application, ask the same question: will it help you get the role. If the answer is no, take it out. Hobbies and interests are a great example. If they don’t help you stand out, don’t waste valuable space.
Forget your cover letter - Although it is often seen as a different entity all together, your cover letter is attached to your CV and both are vital in helping you clinch the right role. Utilise yours properly, and your CV becomes the perfect document to reinforce your talent.
Include information that may discriminate against you – This includes date of birth, marital status, race, gender or disability
Include salary expectations - Leave this for negotiations after your interview once the employers are convinced how much they want to employ you.
Other things not to do: Use lots of colours, use crazy fonts, include unnecessary references, include a selfie (unless you’re going for a role at Instagram maybe?)
Written by Paul Marks.