We receive a high number of applications for every advertised job vacancy. With this in mind, it’s important to make your CV stand out, ensuring that your application is at the top of the pile.
We’ve consulted with our recruitment experts to provide you with 10 tips in writing your perfect CV. Your CV is a recruiter’s first insight into you, so it is essential that you put in the time to get it right.
Read our tips below to help you get to the next stage in the recruitment process.
1 – Sort your structure
The never-ending dilemma; what comes first, education or experience? The clue is in the job description. Read between the lines and understand what the description specifically asks for. Pick out the key requirements listed in the job description and re-order your CV to demonstrate your suitability. Are they interested in a specific area of knowledge you studied? Education to the front! Do they ask for particular skills you’ve learned on-the-job? Career history it is!
2 – Add a personal touch
Take the time to write a short and concise profile of your career history to date. This should be your opening paragraph and is an opportunity to highlight relevant qualifications or achievements in your career, as well as mentioning your aspirations for the future. Short and sweet, this should encourage the recruiter to read more.
3 – Don’t embellish
Your CV is the first step in the recruitment process, so it’s only natural to want to sell what you’re saying. It is also important that you portray yourself honestly. Bending the truth and exaggeration is an immediate red flag to recruiters and will halt your application at the first hurdle. Be truthful and focus on explaining how your skills and past experiences are suited to the role you are applying for.
4 – Bespoke tailoring
There should be no ‘one size fits all’ approach when submitting your CV to a vacancy. Always tailor your CV to align with the role that you’re applying for. Your application will draw more interest when a recruiter can clearly see that your background aligns closely to the requirements stated in the job description.
5 – Mind the gap!
It’s completely understandable that you may have taken a career break, or perhaps you were even made redundant from your last role.
None of these reasons should lessen from your ability to perform the duties as listed in the job description – so long as you can explain the blanks. If no explanation is offered, recruiters may misinterpret these gaps as something you’re trying to hide. Transparency is key.