Here are some tips from us on writing a successful CV…
What should you include in your CV?
- Personal Details
- Employment History & Work Experience
- Education & Training
- Language Proficiency
How should you write your CV?
- Keep it simple – Usually a CV should be no longer than two pages of A4 paper. Take care when selecting the font and layout of the CV, and keep them simple! You have only a matter of seconds to make a good impression on potential employers through your CV, so keep it punchy and relevant.
- Tailor it – Don’t send a generic CV to multiple potential employers. Take the time to research the industry sector, and company and tailor your CV to highlight relevant experience, training, and qualifications.
- Include a relevant personal statement – Write a short personal statement explaining why you are the best person for the job.
- Keep your CV information up to date – Keep your CV up-to-date at all times. Sending off an out-dated CV is very un-professional.
- Explain any employment gaps – Leaving gaps on your CV can make potential employers suspicious. If you have had any gaps in employment then explain what you did during that time, for example, training, volunteer work, develop skills etc.
- Triple check – Check your CV over and over for spelling, grammar, and any other mistakes! Employers do look for mistakes on CV’s, so make sure there aren’t any.
- Make your CV keyword friendly – Recruiters search online and electronic versions of CV’s by conducting keyword searches, so make sure you have correctly used Job Titles and industry buzzwords to ensure your CV is found.
- Do not lie on your CV – Lying on your CV can result in lots of trouble for you later on when employers are doing background checks, and reference checks on you, so save yourself the embarrassment and be truthful and up-front!
- Make it stand out and look professional – Remember, you only have a matter of seconds to capture the attention of potential employers so make your CV stand out by demonstrating your mixture of skills and experience, whilst ensuring the layout is professional and good looking!