Getting Your CV Right
It’s an obvious question but why is a Curriculum Vitae (CV) so important and why should you spend a lot of time and effort on your CV?
Well it’s the first thing a potential employer sees and uses to make an initial judgement about you.
Therefore, it’s the most important factor in deciding if you are going to make it to the next stage, which would be a telephone or face to face interview.
Whilst you obviously want to stand out from the crowd, you should always try to be accurate and truthful when writing your CV.
Here are some tips on getting your CV just right;
- Use a template – This makes life a lot easier and ensures you don’t have to worry about the CV structure, just your details. One key tip to remember is the upper middle part of the first page is where the readers gaze naturally falls, so be sure to include your most important information here.
- Get the basics right – Key elements of your CV must be included and above all be accurate! Main details include;
- Personal and contact information
- Education and Qualifications
- Work History and Experience
- Relevant Skills
- Training courses attended
- Interests and Hobbies
- Ask yourself some detailed questions – If you are applying for a position with a company, ask yourself what would the employer be looking for exactly, and tailor your CV to the role. Sounds obvious, but here is where you can really stand out from the crowd;
- What exactly do you do? Go into detail. What documents do you produce, do you perform Customs entries, handle quotations, create reports, etc.
- What systems do you use?
- How good are you with Microsoft such as Excel, Word, Powerpoint?
- Do you visit customers?
- Do you have your own customers?
- Have you learned other areas of work besides you own?
- Don’t waffle – Keep your CV clear and concise and to the point. People are busy and you don’t want to turn anyone off with pages of pointless information. Ideally stick to two or three pages of A4 maximum.
- Check, check and check again – Accuracy is vital. Nothing is worse than bad spelling mistakes, wrong dates, inconsistencies, etc.
- Keep up to date – If you haven’t needed your CV for a while, review it and make sure it’s totally up to date.
Good luck and if you need any help writing your CV or have any questions, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to help.