Top Tips on Writing a ‘Perfect’ CV
One thing recruiters have seen a lot of is CV’s. Recruiters won’t spend ages looking at one, therefore, ensuring your CV stands out is vital. First impressions are always important, so ensure your CV shows the best of you. Here you can find our tips for creating a knockout CV to get you noticed.
Get it Right
- Double (triple) check your grammar and spelling – Proofreading your CV is always a must when applying for a job. 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.
- Don’t lie – Recruiters 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 however all information will be examined. Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to applying for a new role.
- Don’t leave out important information – The 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 your giving potential employers more reasons to employee you. Maybe having ten pages is extreme but don’t focus on cutting important things out.
- Tailor your CV – Research the company, find out what they do, look at the job specification and pick out the keywords they have used. Incorporate these into your CV. Check to see if they have highlighted any specific experience or skills and include these too.
- 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 you’re missing this information you could be missing out on role suited to you.
If you’re applying for a vacancy through the Advanced website, we will help tailor your CV before presenting you to our clients for a role – this way you have the best chance of landing your dream job!