8 CV Tips You Need To Know
We sat down with our consultants who advised the common mistakes found when receiving CV’s. Straight from the horse’s mouth, here are the CV tips you need to know.
Don’t Mess With The Basics
There’s not necessarily a right or wrong way to write a CV however here are some common grounds you really should follow and in this order:
Your personal and contact information including name, address, email address and telephone number; a summary of yourself; your history of employment; qualifications; your skills and any references you have. Carefully and clearly present this on a maximum of 2 A4 sides, using the same legible font and proofread throughout. Remember to be concise and precise.
No Need For Date of Birth
The only important dates on a CV are the ones regarding employment and qualifications. Your age has no correlation with your ability to do the job and it’s actually illegal for employers to ask your age under the Equality Act 2010.
Personal Profile is Key
In a world where skills and qualifications are not always the factors in which people are hired on, it is key to let your personality shine via your CV. Employers must make sure you’re a cultural fit for the brand which makes your personal profile within your CV imperative. Key points to address include who you are and your goals (future and accomplished). Make sure this reflects how you can benefit the company too. You could even reference any hobbies or interests you have that are important to your personality i.e highlight your passion for activity and exercise if you’re applying to a sportswear brand.
Tailor Your CV
One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to CV’s . Although it may save a lot of time when you’re mass-applying to vacancies, tweaking the contents of your CV to include buzzwords and key phrases from the job description will go a long way in the success of your search.
Even if your reasons are absolutely legitimate, a gap in your employment history raises suspicion. So if you’ve been out of work for a considerable amount of time, try to spin it positively; did you take classes that may have improved certain aspect of your skills set, did you volunteer anywhere? Don’t be shy, it’s better to show what you did rather than say nothing at all.
CV Not Portfolio
Remember this is a CV and not a portfolio. Whilst the aesthetics of a CV is very important, it does not mean you need to include ten different graphics to make it stand out. A CV is a professional document and you can showcase your creativity in your first interview; use spacing, font and consistency as your ‘artwork’ on your CV.
Cater For Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
ATS systems scan CV’s looking for industry keywords so it’s very important to include as much jargon in your CV a possible. Optimising your CV will attract ATS search engines and pull your CV to the front of the pile.
Saving The File
It’s likely you will have to send your CV via email or even upload it onto a job board; to ensure anyone can open it, on any device, save the file as a PDF. Not only is this an uneditable version of your CV, it also guarantees your employer will see your CV exactly as you intended.
Once you’ve perfected these tips, then it's time to learn how to update your CV.
Should you like us to review your CV then please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting 'CV tips'