How to Land Your Dream Job – Writing the Perfect CV

by / Monday, 03 September 2018 / Published in Uncategorized

There is no ‘written in stone’ method for writing a CV. Each persons’ CV will be different because each person is different, and this can only help you stand out. However, there are a few things that we believe should be within your CV. Here’s our guide to creating a knock out CV to get you noticed.

 

Layout

However you choose to layout your CV, it should follow a few simple roles:

  • Length – Your CV should be no longer than 2 pages, any more and most potential employers won’t have the time to read it.
  • Margins – Your margins can be shrunk if needs be but try not to narrow them too much as this can make your CV look cluttered.
  • Formatting – Your formatting should be the same throughout your CV. Keep the fonts the same and maintain continuity throughout. Decide on the size for headings and sub headings and stick to it.
  • Sections – Your CV should generally fall into sections, at the start should be vital information; name, location, phone number etc. A personal profile, essentially a shortened cover letter should follow, include only a few lines, describing your skills, experience and personal qualities, this should be positive. Include your work experience next, followed by education, skills and achievements and lastly hobbies.

 

Get it right

Attention to detail is important, you should ensure the following:

  • What you’ve done – Employers want to know what you have been doing, make sure that you have a full employment history with no gaps. If you took time out to travel, care for a relative or pursue a personal project, include it. List your roles from the most recent backwards.
  • Don’t lie. – This is one of the most important things to remember when writing your CV. If you have employment gaps, don’t extend previous employments to cover it up, ultimately you will be found out when a company asks for references.
  • Contact – Your contact details need to be at the top of your CV and clearly visible. Include phone number(s) and email address. Make sure a recruiter or company can contact you.
  • Mistakes & errors – can cost more than you would imagine. Get your CV checked and checked again. Family, friends, there are even websites that will check your CV, so there is really no excuse for errors.

 

Relevance

Each job is different, so you will need to ensure your CV matches with what they are looking for:

  • Tailor your CV – research the company, find out what they do, look at the job specification and pick out key words they have used. Incorporate these into your CV. Check to see if they have highlighted any specific experience or skills and include these too.
  • Skills – Show you have the necessary skills by putting your skills section early in your CV. It’s also a good idea to avoid clichés like ‘A good team player’, instead include an example of where you worked well as a team.
  • Relevance – Think about what an employer is looking for when they are looking at CV’s, often they can have hundreds to go through before making a selection. Is your week’s work experience when you were 16 relevant to this role?
  • References – You don’t need to include references on your CV, instead include a line saying ‘references available on request’ this will give you additional space if you need it.

 

The Body

So, we’ve told you what needs to be included but how do you explain to an employer what you did at a specific job that will help you get this one?

  • Facts – Start with the company name and dates you were employed to and from.
  • What they do – You can write a little about what the company does, but this is not necessary.
  • Your role – List what you did whilst you worked there, this can be as bullet points. ‘Responsibilities’ is a good subheading to show the reader how you are breaking it down. List your ‘Achievements’, this can be in the form of bullet points again but make sure your bullets are consistent throughout your CV.
  • The essentials – Older employments do not necessarily need to be bulky with lots of information, if you worked for a company 10 years ago, you can just list the company name and dates of employment.

 

Check back on 24th September for our next step to finding your Dream Job.

So now we’ve given you some tips to writing a killer CV, you are on your next step to finding your dream job.

 

 

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