Your CV is your big chance to sell yourself, and when employers take 30 seconds on average to read an indvidual’s CV and make a judgement on whether or not that person is suitable, it is important to ensure that your CV makes an impact and grabs the reader’s attention. Here are our tips on writing a successful CV.
Tailor your CV
Every role is different, therefore your CV should be tailored for each different job you are applying for. This shows the employers that you are committed and have researched the job and the company, and stands out more than a generic CV.
Be informative, but keep it concise
Reading reams of information is more likely to dissuade employers so it is beneficial to use short, snappy sentences to get your point across more clearly. Don’t ramble or include anything that’s irrelevant, and keep it to 2 sides of A4. CV’s that are hard to read or are too long are more than likely to end up in the bin, so don’t use any fancy fonts.
If relevant, you should always start with your current/ most recent position and work backwards. It is useful to provide your job title, start and finish dates, the company name and a brief description of the role including any relevant responsibilities. If you don’t have any work experience, give a brief description about any skills you have that would be beneficial to the employer.
If you have any qualifications that you think will be beneficial, list them. These can be professional and academic qualifications. You need to show the employer that you are the best person for the job, so include any skills such as languages, technology or vocational training. Any voluntary work that you have done will also boost your CV and make you more attractive to employers.
Imagine an employer reads an outstanding CV, and believes that the individual would be perfect in their company, but they have left out some incredibly important details such as their name, or contact details. Always put this information at the top of the page where it can stand out.
These are the main reasons why CVs are ignored:
- Lack of relevant information
- Insufficient evidence/ Embellishment
- Too long
- Poor spelling and grammar