A great CV can make all the difference in your job search.
Its purpose is simply to get you an interview – after that, you can sell yourself in person – but in your initial application, all the recruiter can judge you on is what you write, how you write it and how you lay it out.
Even in the case of some low paid jobs, recruiters or hiring managers may get upwards of 50-60 applicants – and for higher paid jobs, they’re likely to get even more. They will inevitably have their own talent pool of many more potential interviewees too.
So, make it easy for them to decide they should speak with you.
Follow these CV writing tips and increase your interview chances…
A poorly laid out CV can distract from the content and relevant experiences/skills. Keep it neat and simple – choosing a format and order that you’d like each job to follow, and stick to it throughout.
For example, a sales executive may choose to follow something like this:
|Sales ExecutiveCompany XLocation|
Date From – Date To
Responsibilities and Tasks
Spelling and grammar mistakes can mean the difference between being selected for interview or not.
Imagine you’re going for a sales administrator role where accuracy is really important as you will be placing customer orders daily. You write on your CV that you pay attention to detail, and then the next paragraph contains a couple of major spelling or grammatical errors. What does that say about you?
In today’s day and age, there can be no excuse for simple errors. You can run a simple spelling and grammar check on your computer. Alongside that, you should ask a friend or relative to proof-read your CV. Sometimes it is easy to miss errors when you’ve spent a long time putting something together, but a fresh pair of eyes will help.
The details included on your CV should always be relevant to the job you are applying for. Highlight the responsibilities, tasks and achievements which are most closely linked to the role.
However, try to keep the CV jargon free. You don’t know who will be responsible for screening your application, so to avoid any confusion, avoid internal company language or industry acronyms.
Be sure to highlight your key achievements and skills, making it simple for the hiring manager or recruiter to see that you are skilled to fulfil their role. Position this information up front and centre – don’t leave it hidden away among the deeper details.
Hiring managers and recruiters are often time poor, so they’re unlikely to appreciate a CV any longer than two or three pages of A4. This should be more than sufficient for even the most experienced of candidates.
Last but by no means least, remember to add those all important contact details. Giving the recruiter or hiring manager multiple ways to contact you makes their life that little bit easier – and anything that does that certainly counts in your favour!
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