Every time you apply for a job whether it be online, by post or by email your CV should be tailored to the specific requires of the role for which you are applying. However as a general rule always consider the following tips.
- Keep it Simple. A CV should be written in Black Text on a whit background, avoid using fancy fonts, lots of colours and graphics. They distract the reader rather than make your CV stand out
- Keep it Short. The longer the CV the less likely it is to be read. Hiring managers and recruiters are busy people if you write “war and peace” the likelihood is you won’t get a response. Your CV should be 2 Pages at the very most.
- Start the CV with your name and contact details, your opening statement and then your current role, working backwards to your education, training, qualifications, interests and finally references. A little note on interests, most employers don’t want to read lots of information one sentence such as “On a weekend I enjoy playing golf” will suffice.
- Stick with the Facts and never embellish the truth. Also ensure the content and dates are accurate and, if you’ve got any gaps, explain them succinctly.
- Summarise your unique skills, strengths and abilities in an introductory sentence of about three lines. If possible, tailor this to the job you’re applying to by studying their requirements and picking the most appropriate attributes.
- Achievements – when describing your skills, remember to focus on specific achievements and their benefits. For example, if the job specification says “must have experience in managing large multi-million pound IT projects within a pensions environment” then you’re CV should say something along the lines of “I recently led a multi-million pound project implementing a new pensions IT system which will save the company £20million over 5 years”. In this one sentence the CV has responded to the job specification and shown how you can add value to the business.
- Check and double check the accuracy of the information and for any typing errors. Sloppy mistakes show that you haven’t taken the care and effort to ensure your CV is correct and nothing irritates employers more.