Your CV writing skills have a monumental effect on whether or not you get as far as a job interview! Your content, language and formatting are crucial. Here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Do Your Research- research your target roles on job boards and pick out the most relevant, sought after requirements.
2. Break Text Up- large chunks of text are off-putting and harder for recruiters to find what they are looking for.
3. Have a Powerful Profile- make your profile at the top of your CV stand out with a short and sharp summarisation of your most valuable skills.
4. Utilise the Core Skills Section- make sure you list your top qualifications, skills or knowledge in this bullet pointed list.
5. Use a Professional Email Address- firstname.lastname@example.org, for example, is not what you want at the top of your professional CV.
6. Point Out Your Impact- displaying what your responsibilities were is good but you need to demonstrate how your responsibilities plus your results, had an impact.
7. Have a Well Structured CV- ensure your CV is easy to read through and hits the most important things: Contact Details, Profile, Core Skills, Job Roles, Education & Qualifications and Interests. Ideally it should be 2 pages long with a simple font, format and avoid using a photo.
8. Give a High Level Summary of Your Role- first state what the employer does, where you sit within the organisation and how your role benefits the employer. Below that, you can list key responsibilities and key achievements. This gives context before firing into responsibilities.
9. Avoid Generic Clichés- do not waste time on terms like “hard working”, “team player”, “enthusiastic” and “out-of-the-box thinker”, instead present examples of what you have achieved as proof that you are these things.
10. Tailor Your CV to Every Job You Apply For- study the job advert to ascertain what the crucial skills are they are looking for and ensure those are closest to the top (Core Skills or Profile) and in plain sight.