Make your CV the pick of the bunch!
Looking for a way to really make your CV stand out?
Then these six great tips will put you on the right track!
Having a well-structured CV is extremely important for your job search and is one of the most important documents of your career.
Some say that a CV should never exceed two pages but if you’ve got an array of useful and relevant skills along with the necessary experience, then you can expand to three pages.
So whether you’re just now sitting down to write up your CV or simply looking to update it, here are some great pointers that are certain to impress job recruiters or potential employers.
And even if you’re short on work experience to put in it, you can still write a great CV that demonstrates your core skills, strength and abilities.
Here are the SIX most important tips about building a strong CV:
1. Highlight your contact details - This may seem obvious but having your name, address, email and phone number must be referenced at the top of the document because this is the first thing the recruiter or potential employer will see. Make sure it’s easy to read and neat. There is no need to attach your date of birth or photo but make sure your email address looks professional. You can always include links to personal websites or portfolios as well as your LinkedIn Profile page.
2. Highlight your personal statement - Include a punchy statement which is tailored to the role and which would encapsulate what you can bring to a prospective employer’s company. Without referring to yourself in the third person, this statement needs to highlight why you’re worthy for the role and be directed at your most relevant skills, experience and goals. It should also highlight your measurable achievements. Look at the job description to help mould your statement but avoid cliches or generic phrases.
3. Highlight your key skills - The most important part of your CV for employers is the key skills section. This should bullet point your key skills and can be further boosted by evidence of your success because of your skills. Whichever skills you do choose, make sure they fall within the following three categories; transferable skills (learnt in a previous role but which can now be used at a new role), job-related skills (that are more specific, technical and directly relevant to the role that you’re applying for) and adaptive skills (practical skills needed in an everyday job such as communication skills, problem solving or the ability to work independently).
4. Highlight your employment history - Always list your most recent role first and make sure the list gets progressively less-detailed for older roles. If you’re short on previous work experience, then simply add work placements that could highlight your achievements and work responsibilities.
5. Highlight your education and training - List your relevant qualifications together with dates but rather than listing each result individually, simply list the grades and the subjects next to them. Basic academic achievements need to be marginalised with the more work experience you have.
6. Highlight your references - List two people (preferably in different fields) with their job titles, contact telephone number and email address. If you’re looking to save space, you can simply write that references are available on request or supplying your LinkedIn profile page where you could have references available there.