You must remember that whilst looking for a job, your CV is your most important selling tool. Prospective employers will use it to decide if they want to see you for interview – or not! Content is important but presentation is equally important.
Invest some time in producing a professional CV and you will hopefully reap the rewards.
Content and Presentation
Take into account that Recruiters are busy, so limit your CV to a maximum of two sides of A4 where possible unless you are applying for a Technical or Management role for example where a lengthier CV may be appropriate.
You can obtain additional information in relation to CV style quite easily from the internet. You should aim to place all the most important information (personal details, education, current job, relevant skills) on the first page.
- Keep information factual and to the point.
- You could entertain preparing a short and concise profile, introducing yourself and point out your experience relevant to the position you are applying for.
- Ensure you include accurate dates of employment defining your work history(start at the most recent date and work your way back chronologically).
- Use bullet points where possible – this makes the CV easier on the eye.
- Give examples where you can to describe your skills and experience: include a number of bullet points and include specific skills and experience relevant to you and the position you are applying for. These could be under a sub heading Key Skills.
- Be honest – you’ll have to talk through your CV at the interview.
- Keep the layout clean and organised.
- Always double check for spelling and grammatical errors!
- Include your hobbies and interests.
- It is not necessary to include any personal details about your immediate family.
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