If you are going to write a CV for a job application then why not check out our list of tips before going ahead with your CV.
Don’t write your CV too long as no one has time to read long CVs these days. Focus on your personal profile, relevant work histories and skills. The rest of the information can always be provided if the employer ask you as a further information.
Writing a CV without spelling and grammatical mistakes is the most of important thing. Employers and recruiters will fail you if they see any kind of writing errors. Get your CV checked by your family members or friends. You can also ask a professional career coach or CV writer to help you write and proof read your CV before using it for job applications.
Do these tips
- Succinct sentences are easy to scan, especially given many recruiters have just 10 seconds to read it.
- Use standard typefaces such as Arial, 11 or 12 points.
- Check and re-check spelling do not rely on spell checker.
- Ensure your personal details are printed by all printers – not in the header/footer.
- Dates and employment should be easily found and consistent.
- Lead with achievements, use active verbs and positive language.
- Follow up all claims with proven examples, be quantitative as well as qualitative.
- Use email addresses where referees are abroad.
- Include awards or recognition received for work well done, together with professional memberships and relevant training.
- Keep your CV honest, factual and to two pages.
- Ensure every line sells you at your best.
- Prioritise relevant content.
- Ensure you send your CV with a covering letter ideally to a named individual.
- Take ownership and use words such as Determined, Implemented, Created, Devised, Coordinated, Conceived.
- Include figures ie number of staff you managed or budget size.
- Focus on what you have to offer the employer rather than listing what you have done.
- Modify your CV for every application unless you have a fool proof method of remembering to whom you sent which edition.
- Ask trusted colleagues and friends if this is an accurate representation of you.
- Seek feedback if you are not achieving any interviews and if you feel your CV is not reflecting you at your best seek external advice.
Don’t do these mistakes
- Date your CV.
- Put your irrelevant personal details first ie date of birth and nationality.
- Mention Salaries.
- It is not necessary to put reason for leaving.
- Include negative or irrelevant information.
- Use Reverse Chronological format if you have many gaps between employment.
- Put education first if its 10 years out of date.
- List every employer if you have been working since the seventies.
- Allocate the same space to all positions, prioritise the content.
- Quote unsubstantiated superlatives.
Employers will still ask you to attach or send a CV to complete the job applications. They will extract your information from your CV when you upload it during a job application process.
Do not use a fancy design. A good looking CV won’t help with your job application unless you are applying for a designing job!
Keep it simple and concise. A plain CV with relevant work experience will increase your chances of securing an interview.
Finally, do not copy paste a CV you have found on the net. Don’t forget to customise them before sending them to the employers.