Your Resume (CV) is actually a sales brochure, selling you!

It displays your skills, your personality, your attention to detail, your experiences and offers prospective employers’ details of your successes and reasons why they should look no further than your CV.   In reality, they will look at others, but you do have one chance to make a winning impression.

Here are a few things you should remember when compiling your CV!

  1. Keep it concise

Impactive CV’s will rarely be larger than 2-3, A4 pages.  Recruiters invest an average of only five to eight minutes reviewing a CV, so keep it formal, direct, and protect the key information detail for the job interview.

  1. Tailor it

Take the time to adjust your CV to each job you apply for.  Research the business and make use of the job advertisement to assess specifically which skills you have to signpost, and which are not as relevant.

  1. Include a personal statement

Do not assume a recruiter is going to see the connection between your experience and the job: make use of a short personal statement to tie your job history to the business and role.

  1. Do not leave gaps

Gaps make recruiters suspicious, tell the truth as the truth may offer them another insight into “you the person” e.g. Inform them of Travels; New Baby; Family Carer; Project Management.

  1. Keep it current

You need to upgrade your CV regularly, regardless of whether you are actually job seeking.  Every time something important happens in your career, add it to the CV so that nothing slips through the “mind sieve”.

  1. Ensure it is mistake-free

Among the simplest ways to weed out the weaker CVs is actually to scan them for errors.  It is always a good idea to make use of a spell check/grammar check and also why not get another person to proof the CV and cover letter for you?

  1. Tell the truth

Never tell blatant lies on your CV as a lot of businesses will check out the facts.  And in cases where they do not, it is very likely you will get  ‘found out ‘ at the job interview stage instead; exactly where any inconsistencies in the story of yours may be ruthlessly probed.

  1. Include compelling facts

Back up the achievements of yours with numbers.  When writing the work history, do not simply tell the recruiter you increased product sales; explain to them you increased revenue by 70% over a six month period.

  1. Make it professional

Spend time formatting your CV.  Use bullet points and also keep sentences quite short.  Use the graphic style trick of leaving a lot of white space (around copy as well as in-between categories) to ensure that the layout is simple on the eye.

  1. Make it keyword friendly

Perhaps you have uploaded the CV of yours to a project web site so recruiters are able to discover you, in these instances, key phrases will be essential in ensuring they really do.  Universally understood job titles, as well as sector buzzwords, are going to help a search engine choose your CV from the pile.  So, a marketing candidate could possibly point out SEO (Search Engine Optimization), digital marketing and direct marketing among their skills and experience.

Also, have a look at our blog “The Most Common Mistakes On Your CV” at https://www.gpsuk.org/the-5-most-common-mistakes-on-your-cv

Good luck!

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