CV Writing Tips
Taking the time to write your CV in order to ensure it is going to stand out to a potential employer is crucial. Your CV is a marketing document and an employer will often make a judgment on your suitability for a role within a few seconds of reading it. Take this as an opportunity to “sell” your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers.
Here are our top tips on making your CV count:
Put your name and contact details at the top
Put together a personal profile that highlights your skills and strengths and how you can add value to a company.
Add in any qualifications and education, ensuring the most relevant qualifications are first.
Include any relevant skills including your proficiency with various software packages etc.
Always read through your CV to check it is clear and concise and that it doesn’t contain any errors. Nine out of ten CVs have errors on them and are often rejected on that basis alone. Your CV must be seamlessly presented to demonstrate your professionalism and attention to detail.
Writing a cover letter to accompany a job application will give you another chance to promote your skills and suitability for the role you are applying for.
- Layout your employment history in bullet points, in chronological order, putting your most recent position first
- Make sure you provide enough information to entice employers without giving too much away
- Make sure you concentrate most on responsibilities relevant to the position you are applying for
- Be careful of using abbreviations as the person reviewing your CV may be within the HR or Recruitment team and not an expert in your field
- Add in an achievement section under each position and highlight them in bold to make them stand out to emphasise how you improved the business – if you are applying for a sales position, you may want to add in how much you exceeded targets by or grew sales revenue. If you are applying for a procurement position, you may want to state achievements about how much money you saved each company and a brief summary of how you did this
- Include your reasons for leaving if you think it will be a benefit