Creating Your Perfect CV – Seven Top Tips
29th March 2016
Creating the perfect CV can be a daunting thought. Writing or updating your CV is a difficult task, but one that when done properly could land you your dream job. Here’s our 7 top tips for writing the perfect CV.
1. The Basic Frame of a CV
When creating your CV from scratch you need to include the bare minimum at the very least. This is generally made up of your personal and contact details, a brief personal statement, education and qualifications, past work experience and relevant skills for the job. Try to keep your CV to one A4 page However if you need to run over to include key points then two pages should be the absolute maximum.
2. Personal Statement
Remember that when a recruiter looks over your CV they probably have hundreds of other to read as well. With this in mind, you want to tell them why you’re the best person for the job and a personal statement is the best way to do this. Instead of making them figure out how your experience and hobbies make you right for the job, just tell them. The personal statement should be why you’re right for the job, not your life story!
3. Cater Your CV for Each Role
When applying for different jobs, using the same CV just won’t cut it, you need to tweak it to suit each job role. Save them as separate documents and name them as the job role it’s intended for, this will avoid sending the wrong CV for the wrong job.
4. Gaps in Employment
To a recruiter, gaps in employment could be the decider to put your application to the bottom of the pile. The best way to avoid this is to give reasons for the gaps, for example if you went travelling then just say that, don’t let the employer assume the worst.
5. Keep it Up to Date
One of the best ways to make sure your CV is as good as it can be is to keep it as up to date as possible. You should do this if you’re actively looking for a job, as sending out-dated CV’s to recruitment agencies looks unprofessional. You could also do this if you currently have a job and have no intentions of moving on. Doing this will give you a chance to note down anything significant that happens in your time working, which will save you from trying to remember it all if you do start looking for a job.
6. Good Use of Keywords
If you’re uploading your CV to an online CV library in the hope that recruiters will come across it, you’ll need to include a good use of relevant keywords for the job role. Having a good amount of buzzwords throughout your CV will make it much easier and more likely for a recruiter to find you.
7. Be Honest!
This is the most important point! If you lie, chances are you’ll be found out and it will make it much more difficult for you to land that dream job you’ve always wanted. Make sure you only put things on your CV which are true and don’t take credit for things that other people did. If you follow these tips it will definitely help towards creating the best CV for you. If you’re looking for work and would like us to take a look at your CV you can email it to us and we will get back to you.