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Does your CV require surgery?

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Is your CV in need of some surgery?

Your CV is of course a very important tool when looking for a new job. It needs to be up-to-date, relevant and look good – even the best written CVs fall down if they are not formatted well enough to catch a potential employer or recruiter’s eye and secure you an interview.

Here are some tips to help you ‘operate’ on your CV and make sure that it is up to scratch:

How long is it?
Keep it short and sweet. The most effective CVs aren’t just informative, they’re also concise – ideally no more than two pages of A4.

Is all the information relevant?
Before you write your entire life history, ask yourself the question ‘Is it relevant to the job description that I’m applying for?’ If the answer is no, then take it out. The best CVs are tailored to the role. Unless you’re applying for a job as a game animator, the hours you spend attached to your Playstation isn’t something anyone needs to know!

How clear are your contact details?
Ensure that your contact details are correct and clear – preferably at the top of the first page in a header so that they stand out.

Is it easy to find all the information that you want a recruiter to find?
A recruiter or employer wants to read all the relevant information quickly and easily – they will not waste time reading through waffle. So pay attention to the next question too!

How is it formatted?
Don’t make silly mistakes in laying out your CV – it is important that it looks neat and tidy and is easy to digest – make sure that it is consistent throughout in terms of margins, indents, spacing and bullet points and choose a simple, professional font – no Comic Sans! Attention to detail is important.

Have you included references?
Have them, it matters. Either references on request or list the names and contact details of two individuals at the bottom of your CV – and make sure you ask their permission first so that any calls or emails they receive are not a surprise!

And finally…
Paying attention to these points when crafting your CV will undoubtedly help you stand out from the crowd. However, please make sure that your social media profiles match the calibre of your CV – particularly your LinkedIn profile – these days, it is important that your social media presence is also well presented and matches that of your CV so that messages are not mixed.

If you are registered with Better Prospects and need help with your CV, we are here to guide you so please do contact us.