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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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- Put education first if its 10 years out of date.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:
- You’re Hired! CV: How to write a brilliant CV
- The CV Book: Your Definitive Guide to Writing the Perfect CV
- Click here to see other books on how to write a CV
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