Writing your CV

Having a great CV is critical to your success in securing an interview.

Although organisations continue to report it hard to find top talent, it remains a competitive job market for candidates. With employers reportedly spending less than 30 seconds scanning your CV to assess your suitability for their position, it’s imperative you showcase your skills and experience and highlight your achievements and fit for their position.

Layout & Presentation

  • Keep it simple, clear and concise.
  • Use a common and standard typeface throughout, i.e. Times New Roman, Ariel, and Courier.
  • Steer clear of long paragraphs; succinct sentences are far easy for recruiters and hiring managers to read.
  • Use bullet points to highlight achievement or deliverables, they’re easily read.
  • Dates and employment should be easily found and consistent.
  • Your CV should be no more than two pages in length; no one is going to read a 6 page CV.
  • Use lots of white space to ensure your CV is easy to read.
  • Make sure all sections of your CV stand out clearly.

Grammar & Spelling

  • Nothing looks more unprofessional than a CV with lots of errors.
  • Check and double-check your CV for spelling and grammatical errors. You’ll be judged on your mistakes and it’s very likely you’ll be screened out of the recruitment process altogether.
  • Spell-check your CV and also ask a friend or trusted colleague to review it.
  • Don’t use jargon or internal acronyms that mean nothing to people out with your current organisation.
  • Don’t use clichés, “excellent communicator”, “excellent leadership skills” If you've showcased your achievements and skills properly throughout the rest of your CV, these skills should already be evident.

Tailor Your CV

  • Don’t just send out the same CV for each application you make.
  • Tailor your CV to ensure you highlight the specific skills and experience required by each position / employer.
  • Making the effort to tailor your CV to highlight relevant experience for the role will increase your chances of securing an interview.

Always Tell The Truth

  • Always be truthful in your CV.
  • Never claim to have experience you don’t have, any untruths about experience and skills are likely to be highlighted during the interview process.
  • Always be truthful about your Education and Professional Qualifications, employers have very precise pre employment screening processes so any untruths are likely to result in offers being withdrawn and or inclusion in the CIFAS fraud database.

Don’t Leave Employment Gaps In Your CV

  • Don’t leave gaps of employment unexplained in your CV. Employers may deselect you or simply move onto other applications where there are no question marks about employment.
  • Be positive about any employment gaps you may have. Highlight other activities or skills you have acquired during gap periods, i.e. volunteering work, training courses and highlight new skills acquired.

Keep Your CV Up To Date

  • Whether your actively looking for a new position or not, you should keep your CV up to date.
  • Revisit your CV every couples of month and add anything new of importance and cut out any unnecessary information

References

  • Don’t include reference names on your CV, it’s not required at this stage.

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