When applying for new jobs your CV is a powerful marketing tool representing the years of education, skills and experience you’ve gained. Representing yourself well is integral to being given a fair opportunity in any application and for this reason it’s important to take some simple but effective tips into consideration.
Check out our top tips to stand out from the crowd…
- Tailor your CV
Of course have a standard ‘base’ CV, but if you’re applying for different jobs then make sure your CV is tailored to each job. That doesn’t mean going to huge lengths, but ensure the order and experience is appropriate for that position. You don’t, for example, need to include the time you worked in a coffee shop when you were 15 if you’re not applying for a role that requires that experience…
- Stick to the point
Try and keep things short and relevant so that your CV isn’t an essay to read. Use bullet point if it helps you stay concise. This makes it easier for people to scan and get to the point.
- Get rid of the clichés
You’re a hard worker? You have excellent communication skills? You’re a team-player? Great news, so is everyone else. Don’t just say you’re those things: demonstrate them instead so that you get the point across without the need for a generic cliché:
- Don’t add reference information
Your references wouldn’t be needed until further down the recruitment process so save that precious space for something else. It’s pretty standard to add a simple “References available on request.”
Proofreading is essential. If you don’t care enough to proofread and make sure your CV is free of any mistakes then it can look careless and that’s not an attractive trait for a prospective employee. Get other people to look at your CV; it’s easy to miss your own mistakes and typos if you’ve been working on it closely.
- No photos, please
Last but not least, don’t add a photo of yourself unless the job you’re applying for specifically asks for one. They’re not necessary.
"Try not to let your CV read like
a job spec. Explain your main responsibilities but make sure to highlight what
you have achieved, how you have contributed and made an impact, and any
progression routes you have gone through. It’s important to show that you have
not just done a job but done it well."
Ingrid Smejkal - Head of Talent
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