Competition can be high for your dream job. You need to make sure you present the best version of you so you stick out above the rest. Therefore, it’s essential to learn how to write a great CV. Follow the below guidelines and you’ll be onto a winner:
- Your CV should be a maximum of 2-3 pages. Keep it focussed and relevant to engage the reader
- Ensure you check your spelling and grammar. Don’t be the applicant who didn’t use commas when describing his interests as “cooking cats and funny people”
- Tailor your CV to the role you’re applying for
- Make sure all key terms and skills are mentioned in your CV. Recruiters search these terms when we head-hunt, so detailing specific responsibilities, software packages you’ve used, etc, will make you visible.
- Be original and don’t be scared to inject a bit of personality. You have one opportunity to introduce yourself to a prospective employer, make it count!
- Double-check your CV, then check it again when you’re finished to make sure you haven’t made any mistakes.
What to include in your CV:
Outline your personal details, including name, address and contact details. It’s amazing how many CV’s we receive that don’t have any contact details!
You can also include your notice period, salary requirements and whether you have your own transport. It’s no longer required to provide your date of birth, due to age discrimination rules and your nickname also isn’t that important.
Write a meaningful personal statement or a short cover letter. Explain why you are interested in the role you’re applying for and outline your key skills and experiences that demonstrate why you are the best person for the position.
List your formal qualifications, including the school’s, college’s or universities you attended. Also list any additional courses or training day’s you’ve completed, as long as they’re relevant.
Bring your key skills to the forefront by listing software packages you have worked with, transferable and job-related skills specific to the type of role you’re applying to.
List your employment history in descending order, so have your most recent role at the top. Summarise your key responsibilities held during each job, as well as the dates of employment, company you worked for and the roles you held.
It’s also a good idea to specify if any of your roles were temporary or contract. Temporary work is a great way to build up your skill set, but if you don’t specify it was a contract role, it can be misunderstood and may make you look like a job hopper.
Hobbies & Interests
Whilst some feel this is an irrelevant section in a CV, I totally disagree and have clients who will look at a candidates’ hobbies and interests before their experience. Companies want to get to know you in your CV, including what you like to do outside of work, so be honest.
If you do any voluntary work, are part of a community, or attend out-of-work events that boost your skill set, you should definitely show off about those as well as it says a lot about your character.