A short blog with some CV advice!

 

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the first thing your potential new employer will see. They will glance over your credentials before even contemplating giving you an interview. Therefore your CV really needs to stand out!

How do you do that?

Your CV is essentially selling you. You want to make it clear, concise and appealing. First and foremost, your CV should be typed in Times New Roman (or very similar font) of size 12. This is legible and recognised world wide. It should be neat and fluid in its layout. Think of a news paper – you have a headline at the top of the front page. Your CV is your front page, so the headline should be your name and contact details. Following on from the headline, you have a subheading. This is a way for the most important news to be seen. So what is your most important news, that is current and relevant to the position you are applying for? You can header this as your Personal Statement. Just keep it short and to the point. This could be summarised in two to three lines.

Now you have the employers attention, you should state your qualifications, certificates, or licences most applicable to the role. What is it that your employer is looking for?  You don’t have to state here that you studied ten GCSE’s and A-Levels if it’s not relevant. For example, when applying for a Journalist role all the editor wants to see is your Words Per Hour Speed and National Certificate of the Training of Journalists exam results. He isn’t interested that you passed grade four in Piano when you were thirteen. This could be a useful bit of information within an interview however, especially if you were applying for a music Journalist position.

It’s always important to show your employment history, but only as long as it is relevant to the position. Often, it is advisable to limit this to the last four relevant jobs . Not only does this save you space, but you can list two to three bullet points of your responsibilities that were integral to the role.

Your CV needs to sell your ability to fit the role the employer is looking for. It is only a stepping stone to getting you the all-important interview. It is in the interview that you can expand on your experiences and knowledge of the subject if required. That is your time to shine and to let the employer see your personality.

Most importantly, check your spelling and get some one else to read it through. Don’t leave any unexplained gaps in your experience. When I was a recruitment consultant, we’d often assume a gap in employment history means either a) sitting at home eating biscuits and watching Jeremy Kyle, or b) banged up in prison.

Here endeth today’s lesson.

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