Ways to improve your CV

Ways to improve your CV

If you’re struggling with your job hunt and not making it to the interview stage, then it may be time to give your CV a refresh. Or perhaps you’re just getting started on your job hunt journey as a fresh graduate.

When getting into the job market, the first point of contact between yourself and a recruiter is usually your CV and therefore should be taken as a first impression on what you’ve got to offer, displaying all of your skills and relevant experience.

If you’ve been on the process for a while and are finding it tough to get to the next stage, you may be asking yourself the question, “Why is my CV being overlooked?” It could be that you need to make some small improvements to help give you a boost at the first hurdle.

If you’re not sure where to start, below we’ve popped down some of our top tips from layout to what you should be including. So, have a read and see if any could benefit your CV!

Formatting

Before your CV is read by an employer or hiring manager, the first thing they will see is the aesthetics. Your CV should be an appropriate length of between 1-2 pages, with clear and concise information, think quality over quantity.

Get the important information down first

It is a known fact that employers will spend around 8 seconds looking at your CV, so it is super important to present the important information first. Below is a great example on how you should order your CV if you have relevant professional experience.

  • CV header (name and contact information)
  • Personal statement
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Optional section (hobbies, achievements, languages, etc.)

Fonts and colours

You should choose a font that is professional and easy to read (we don’t want to see any Comic Sans on there). For the colour, again choose something professional such as, black, dark grey or navy.

Show initiative!

Taking the opportunity to demonstrate extra qualifications, skills and/or experience, can help you stand out from the crowd and can show some of your personality. This can help take you from a good candidate to a candidate they could see fitting within their company or team.

  • Include your hobbies even if they aren’t anything to do with your day-to-day job. Often these can show transferable skills and that you’re a well-rounded person with a good work-life balance.

  • Online, accredited courses are another great way to show commitment to personal development and growth.

Stay truthful

In today’s competitive market, it’s understandable to want to stand out from the rest, some roles may see hundreds of applications, but this doesn’t mean you should include skills or experience you don’t have just for the sake of wanting to seem more experienced on paper.

Not only is it possible to fail when progressing to the next stages, but you could end up wasting the time of the company you are interviewing for as well as your time in finding a more appropriate role, where the skills and experience you do have can shine.

By making these simple changes, your CV will be legible, pleasing to the eye and brimming with personal development and personality! All of which can help make it much easier for your application to get to the next step. Good luck!