The Do’s & Don’ts of Writing a CV

by / Thursday, 14 March 2019 / Published in Uncategorized

One thing a recruiter has seen a lot of is CV’s. Recruiters are constantly reviewing different styles of CV’s and knows what makes an impactful CV. First impressions are always important, so ensure your CV shows the best of you. Here you can find our top do’s and don’ts when writing a curriculum vitae.

Do’s

Present your CV in a logical order – Having your employment and educational history in chronological order will best display your most up to date skills. Therefore, you’re highlighting your most relevant experience to the recruiter straight away.

Include your contact information – Having no contact information on your CV can make a recruiter’s life very hard. Ensuring you’ve provided your email address and telephone number will allow recruiters to get hold of you regarding a potential vacancy. If your missing this information you could be missing out on roles suited to you.

Double (triple) check your grammar and spelling – Proof reading your CV is always a must when applying for a job. “This doesnt make youre CV enjoyable too reed”. Ensuring your CV has no mistakes proves to the recruiter you have taken your time to apply and shows good attention to detail. Having a simple layout makes for a quick read which means recruiters won’t give up.

Show examples of skills/achievementsBacking up any skills and achievements with real life evidence will demonstrate your success. This will prove your strength in certain areas which will stand you out from other candidates.

 

Don’ts

Don’t leave out important informationThe general rule of thumb is that your CV “shouldn’t be more than two pages long”. However, don’t leave relevant skills/employment history out just to fit your CV into two pages. Remember your CV is to highlight why you should be employed therefore by ensuring everything important is included, you’re giving your potential employers more reasons to employee you. Maybe having ten pages is extreme but don’t focus on cutting relevant details out.

Don’t include irrelevant informationIncluding details that aren’t relevant to the job you’re seeking can waste recruiters time. Irrelevant details aren’t going to get you a job so don’t include it. For example; including details about your family.

Don’t lieRecruiters and employers can easily check details from your CV so don’t lie or change the truth. Being untruthful can affect your chances of being successful.  You might think embellishing the truth will get you further in the process however all information will be examined at some point. Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to CV’s.

Don’t complicate your layoutYour CV is your first impression when it comes to job hunting, by keeping it simple it can lead recruiters to the correct information quickly. Don’t forget employers don’t spend hours looking through CV’s, so if they’re having to work out what’s going on, they probably will just move on.

 

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