It’s amazing how many CVs we receive on a daily basis that don’t do the candidate justice or even reflect who they truly are and what they have to offer.
Obviously you can’t make up experience or qualifications you don’t genuinely have but there are things you can do to help you stand out from the crowd:
- Include all relevant experience on your CV – It’s really important to keep your CV up to date and include all of your relevant experience. I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve spoken to a candidate who has incredible experience in a relevant post that isn’t on their CV. Remember you’re selling yourself. It seems obvious to us but this is the best tip we can give.
- Be Concise – Employers don’t want to be reading through pages of waffle. Keep your information concise and to the point. A potential hirer should be able to look through your CV and pick up all relevant information in a matter of seconds.
- Tailor Your CV To The Job You’re Applying For – When you list things on your CV, such as your skillset and experience, think to yourself…is it relevant to the job I’m applying for. It’s very obvious to a potential employer if you’re touting generic CV out for different types of roles and that gives the impression that you’re not passionate in the particular field you’re applying for.
- Proof Read Your CV – This is so important. In fact proof read your CV and then proof read it again just in case. That’s how important it is! A CV full of spelling mistakes, grammatical errors or sentences that don’t make sense is a huge put off and gives the impression that you don’t take pride in your work. Think about it, if you can’t be bothered put the effort into making sure your own CV looks good then how bothered will you be about the quality of work you do in your role.
- Include Your Contact Details On Your CV – Many people don’t do this, thinking the person looking at the CV will be able to get your details from your job application however, it’s a really good idea to make life as easy as possible for a hirer incase they like the look of your CV and want to contact you.
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