The employment market is tough at the
moment and to be successful when applying for jobs you need to make your CV
stand out from the crowd.
Below are our top 10 tips to help your CV
stand out from the crowd:
1. Spelling. CV's are often
rejected due to spelling or grammatical errors. To avoid this use spell and
grammar check and get someone to proof read your CV for you before you send it.
2. Gaps. You may have gaps in your
work experience where you were not working, explain these gaps and detail the skills
gained during this time.
3. Length. A speculative CV should
be a maximum of 2 sides of A4. Keep it short and snappy. Give enough
information to gain the recruiters interest but avoid information over load.
4. Language. Keep it positive and
enthusiastic, focus on your skills, strengths.
5. Target your CV to the job for
which you are applying. This is not cheating. If you are applying for a
specific job with specific requirements and skills, make sure your CV
demonstrates how you meet these.
6. Structure. Have a clear structure,
this will make it easy for recruiters to read. Do not be afraid of white space
– a crowded page is harder to read. Have separate sections for 'Employment
History' and 'Education' and list this in chronological order, with the most
recent at the top.
7. Employment History. Keep it simple,
give more details on the most recent and / or more relevant role, so you can
demonstrate how you meet the requirements. They do not need to know full
details of your job 15 years ago, unless it is particularly relevant; dates,
position, employer and location should be sufficient.
8. Sell yourself. Remember your CV
is your marketing tool, so make the best use of it, if you have precise skills,
detail these under a section titled 'Skills', if you have significant
achievements which are relevant to the job you are applying for detail these
9. Covering letter. This is really
important, it is your opportunity to gain their interest to read your CV. So
set out why you are writing, what you can bring to them, how you are suitable
for the job and why you are interested in working for them.
10. Proof read. When you have done
all of the above and are happy with your CV proof read it and get someone else
to proof read it to make sure there are no errors and that it reads well.
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