Before a prospective employer decides to invite you to an interview, they’ll review your CV.
A good CV is a powerful tool, it can tell an employer a lot about you as a person, as well as conveying your skill set and aptitude for the role you’re applying for. It can be the difference between them inviting you for an interview or moving to the next candidate.
If you’re writing your CV for the first time, or thinking about giving your existing CV a makeover, there are several considerations to bear in mind that will make your CV stand out for all the right reasons. Here’s a few tips to get you off on the right track.
- Include all relevant information (career history or work experience, qualifications and contact information)
- Write a memorable personal statement that captures your personality, talents, work ethic and ambition. Include this at the beginning so that anyone reviewing it will be able to obtain an instant snapshot of your suitability for the role and organisation.
- Avoid irrelevant or inappropriate information. Keep political preferences or excessive detail about hobbies and interests to a minimum.
- Structure your CV in a logical order. Start with your name and contact details, followed by a personal statement, followed by your core skills and attributes, followed by career/education/qualification summary
- Include references and check in advance that your referees are willing to endorse you to a prospective employer.
- Ask a friend or family member to proof your CV before you share it with a prospective employer
- Update your CV regularly and make sure you tailor it to each job you apply for, it will demonstrate your attention to detail and help your CV stand out from the crowd