Writing a good CV can be one of the most daunting challenges of job hunting, Most employers spend just a few seconds scanning each CV before sticking it in the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ pile. Ideally your CV should be no more than 2 pages or 3 at the very most if you are in a Professional role . Any more than this and you will be sure to end up on the no pile.
Whether you are looking for a new job or not, it is important to keep your CV up-to-date. Every time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don’t forget later something that could be important.
Always read through your CV once finished, checking for spelling and grammar. Employers do look for mistakes on CV’s which could result in a bad mark against your application.
Greater success can always be achieved by tailoring your CV to the needs of the specific role to which you are applying. Research the company and use the job description/advert and person spec if you have one to work out exactly what skills you have that match their requirements. Get it right, and you will have an interview in no time, however, getting it wrong could mean rejection after rejection, leaving you feeling totally demotivated.
It is important to add a profile statement summarising and emphasising your key attributes and your intended future career path. Make sure your words flow seamlessly and avoid using worthless cliché statements which say nothing about you as an individual. In just a few lines, you need to spark the readers interest making them want to read on.
Adding an achievements section can make a dramatic difference to your CV, therefore it needs to be on the first page. Keep it structured with no false modesty.
Don’t leave gaps in your CV. If you were out of work at any time, put the dates and reason. Highlight any further study, volunteering or project management that you may have carried out during this time.
Always be truthful when writing your CV. Lies on your CV can land you in trouble if you are unable to answer a question during the interview stage or when it comes to employment reference checks if you have been offered the position.
If you are uploading your CV to a jobsite for recruiters to find you, keywords are extremely important. The recruiter will download your CV and use in-house software to match keywords that appear in both the job description and your CV.