As recruitment specialists we fully understand the importance of a good CV, from what you write to how you present it, it all comes together to reflect you as a worker and a person. Ultimately, a tailored and professional CV is paramount to getting a job.
Before sending your CV off have a quick look through the our CV tips. Some of these tips are common sense, while others a little less obvious but in no way less important.
Always write a new CV from scratch rather than updating an old one. The risk of merely updating an old one is that you leave information on there that is no longer relevant.
All the above should include dates, the name of your university/college/school, subjects, grades and qualifications
Include your main achievements from each job. For example, if you improved anything, delivered a project within a certain timescale, coached or developed anyone, introduced anything new (technology, training, staff rotas) or increased revenue stating revenue increase from £pounds to £pounds or % of margin increase/growth.
Present in reverse chronological order – i.e. your most recent position listed first.
Give details of the companies you have worked for with the titles of the positions you held and dates you worked. Duties, responsibilities, and tasks should be listed in bullet points.
If you have taken a year out or indeed a few months to go travelling, put it down. A gap on a CV only raises eyebrows.
Before you send it to anyone, make sure a friend or relative has read it for you. They will then be able to offer constructive advice, while also checking for any errors. Remember a great well presented CV can be the difference between getting an interview and being overlooked.
Remember that employers are most interested in the last three to seven years of your experience, so write more about those jobs.
Include your interests but also think about the role you are applying for, if it is a weekend role, we would not suggest writing every Saturday I do a sporting activity.
Remember to tailor your CV to the needs of each individual employer
Strong candidates will change words and phrases on every single CV they send out in order to make each employer sit up and take notice.
Paraphrase the key words and phrases that the employer uses on the job description. For example, if the employer talks about wanting people with “leadership and charisma”, it makes good sense to use that exact phrase rather than talking about something you think is similar like “management and presence”.
Remember that a CV is a sales document. Put on it only the information that will sell you to the employer.