6 Top CV Tips

Arran Williams, August 6, 2018

When it comes to job hunting, having a strong CV or resume will be the difference between you standing out from the crowd or ending up on the unsuccessful pile. I am often told that the thought of writing a CV fills people with dread and has even been a reason behind someone not applying for their dream job - but it doesn’t have to be this way. We have put together six top tips to help you to create or update an old CV to help you land your next (or first) job! One of the most important things (if not THE most important) is getting the structure right. A strong structure will help ensure you include all the relevant information in a clear and concise way. It will also make it a lot easier for the person reading it to pick out the key bits of information they need. The last thing you want is the reader having to search around for the important parts only to give up and move on to the next CV!

Get the structure right

A standard CV should cover these key sections: • Personal details (name, address, email etc) • Employment history • Education • Interests/hobbies • References (It's not necessary to list referees on your CV, but you should state that details are available on request.)

Include key skills

Put a spot light on your key skills to help ensure that you stand out. You may have a skill set that goes above and beyond of what the role is asking you for that can set you apart from the rest. So, it’s crucial that you shout about these. Put these skills at the top of your CV to ensure that they are seen right away. You run the risk of having them looked over if you put them near the bottom as your CV might be skimmed over by the hiring manager.

No more than two A4 pages

Make sure that you don’t waffle on. Keep your CV clear and concise to keep the attention of the reader. Remember, the person reading your CV is filtering through hundreds of applications, so you don’t want to make it a tedious task by submitting an essay! CV wring is a skill in itself. You want to show yourself in the best light, but not end up with information overload. We would recommend keeping it no more than two A4 pages long with a suitable and readable font size.

Include hobbies and interests

For many of us (me included!) it can be hard talk about ourselves. But including interests and hobbies on a CV is a great way to tell you prospective employer about the human behind the CV. Try to avoid the usual clichés such as ‘socialising with friends’ and ‘listening to music.’ Whilst these things a great, they sound bland written down. If you are struggling, include things such as times you may have volunteered somewhere or places you have travelled to. Think outside of the box!

Tailor you cover letter

Many employers will ask you to include a cover letter to support your CV. This way, they can better gage why you want the position. A cover letter also gives you a chance to include any additional information that may not have fitted on your CV. It’s important to not be generic when it comes on to a cover letter. This is your opportunity to tailor your application and emphasise the skills that you would bring to the role. A few tips on a cover letter are: Don’t rewrite your CV Relate it back to the Company Provide evidence to Reflect your personality Keep it relevant but brief

Proof read…. then proof read again!

Check, check and check again! Then get someone else to have another read through. Selling and grammatical errors are never a good look and are often a sure-fire way to get your CV thrown into the bin. This point might seem obvious but we regularly see CV’s with multiple errors! Once you feel as though your CV is up to scratch and you’re happy, head over to Jobsgopublic.com to check out our latest exciting opportunities and apply away!
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