CV Tips

These are CV Tips provided by our partner company CV Checker. It is a recommendation of things you should Do and things you should avoid doing to your CV.


Do

  • Succinct sentences are easy to scan, especially given many recruiters have just 10 seconds to read it.
  • Use standard typefaces such as Arial, 11 or 12 points.
  • Check and re-check spelling do not rely on spell checker.
  • Ensure your personal details are printed by all printers ? not in the header/footer.
  • Dates and employment should be easily found and consistent.
  • Lead with achievements, use active verbs and positive language.
  • Follow up all claims with proven examples, be quantitative as well as qualitative.
  • Use email addresses where referees are abroad.
  • Include awards or recognition received for work well done, together with professional memberships and relevant training.
  • Keep your CV honest, factual and to two pages.
  • Ensure every line sells you at your best.
  • Prioritise relevant content.
  • Ensure you send your CV with a covering letter ideally to a named individual.
  • Take ownership and use words such as Determined, Implemented, Created, Devised, Coordinated, Conceived.
  • Include figures ie number of staff you managed or budget size.
  • Focus on what you have to offer the employer rather than listing what you have done.
  • Ask trusted colleagues and friends if this is an accurate representation of you.
  • Seek feedback if you are not achieving any interviews and if you feel your CV is not reflecting you at your best seek external advice.

Don’t

  • Date your CV.
  • Put your irrelevant personal details first ie date of birth and nationality.
  • Mention Salaries.
  • It is not necessary to put reason for leaving.
  • Include negative or irrelevant information.
  • Lie.
  • Use Reverse Chronological format if you have many gaps between employment.
  • Put education first if its 10 years out of date.
  • List every employer if you have been working since the seventies.
  • Allocate the same space to all positions, prioritise the content.
  • Quote unsubstantiated superlatives.
  • Modify your CV for every application unless you have a foolproof method of remembering to whom you sent which edition.

Here are some books you main find useful:

  1. You’re Hired! CV: How to write a brilliant CV
  2. The CV Book: Your Definitive Guide to Writing the Perfect CV
  3. Click here to see other books on how to write a CV

Our partner company CV Checker specializes in providing professional CV writing and review services.

If your CV is ready, the next step is to search for your ideal job.

GOOD LUCK!




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