- Tailor your CV to target different roles
One size does not fit all. Your CV must be targeted to appeal solely to the niche of employers and vacancies that you are applying to.
When an employer reads your CV, the fundamental fact they want to understand is whether or not you can do the job.
If your CV doesn’t include the skills and knowledge that your target employers are looking for, you might not be shortlisted.
Do your research and find out exactly what your desired employers are looking for, then make sure that you are making those requirements prominent on your CV.
TIP: Relevant job adverts and company websites are good places to start when researching the requirements for your target roles.
- Use facts
Making statements such as “Best doctor in the UK” might secure you a place in the BBC’s apprentice but can be embarrassing in the real world. Claims like these are often impossible to prove & do not look very credible. So, we suggest using facts ONLY.
- Make it short & sweet
Avoid adding large messy chunks of texts as employers have tons of CVs to go through per week. Instead, make it simple by adding bullet points & break up the information into small paragraphs. This way the employer will be able to skim through your CV & easily spot the information that they’re looking for.
- Avoid CV skill graphs
If you’re not familiar with what a skill graph is, here’s an example:
The idea behind CV skills graphs is that they give readers a quick visual demonstration of a candidate’s abilities in certain areas.
However, the problem with skills graphs is that they offer no real tangible scale and often leave employers with no real indication of skill levels. Instead of using skills graphs; stick to plain and simple facts written in text.
- Avoid wasting space
Ideally, you should be trying to fit your CV on 2 pages. Avoid leaving lots of blank space due to large page margins and gaps between sections.
Reduce your page margins, avoid using big gaps between sections and make sure you squeeze your contact details down into a small area at the top of your CV.
Rather focus on filling the limited space you have, with compelling reasons to hire you.
- Check your grammar, spelling & punctuation
With automatic spell checkers coming as standard with most word processing packages, having spelling errors is a thing of the past.
It goes without saying that spelling mistakes will damage the perception of your CV massively. Also, don’t become completely reliant on spellcheck to eliminate all errors though – it won’t always pick up typos or miss-used words, so take the time to proofread your CV.
CV’s written in third person narration break the communication channel slightly and can also appear a little arrogant and out-of-touch.
Write your CV in the first-person narrative to connect with readers and demonstrate an unpretentious attitude.
Have a simple, neat & elegant format that allows the employer to easily view your entire CV without having to struggle when scrolling through on their PC.