Tell me everything about yourself … in only two pages
Your CV should essentially be a summary of your experiences, skills and demonstrate why you are perfect for the job you are applying for; sounds simple right? So why are you sending off so many CVs yet you still haven’t been hired.You don’t have to be JK Rowling to write a CV that will compel an employer to take you to the next stage of the process, you simply have to follow these do’s and don’ts.
Now lets get you hired
can’t contact you. First off let’s get rid of the childish emails such as littlemisssomething@… or badboy@… You need to set up a professional email which will also help better track your applications further down the line.
I am not a fan of Pinocchio’s, you should be honest through the recruitment process but that doesn’t mean you can’t put yourself in the best possible light. If you can’t speak a specific language or you don’t play that sport why are you adding it? What is it contributing to the CV and what is your plan of action if you are questioned further about it? Don’t set yourself up for a fail, be honest.
Don’t Copy Someone Else
Don’t Make it too Long
If you have a lot of relevant experience it can become difficult to keep your CV short and sweet but remember if there are approximately 118 applications coming through for each and every job, recruiters don’t have time to read through pages and pages. Despite the title of this blog post your CV shouldn’t be a book, keep it to 2 sides of A4.
Don’t Leave Unanswered Questions
Try and read your CV from the point of view of the recruiter and pinpoint every area that would raise any questions and answer them. Whether that be career gaps, a career change or you are going for a job that you may appear over qualified for then explain the reasons for this. If you are struggling to look at your CV objectively get a friend to give it the once over.
Don’t Sell Yourself Short
Don’t have Poor Spelling or Grammar
Although spelling checkers are a life saver; making it easier for us to notice our own mistakes, don’t rely on them too heavily and always double and probably triple check your CV before sending. A second pair of eyes is always useful too. Personally, if I write something I leave it over night and check it again the next day as you usually notice things you didn’t previously pick up on whilst you were writing it.