A CV is initially skimmed over and evaluated in just 10-20 seconds. Our team of specialists know exactly what employers are looking for and can advise you on what to include that will make you stand out.
“Keep it brief, highlight key skills and outline what you are professionally working towards - a potential employer will be reading multiple CVs so make sure it’s concise. Include clear examples of your experience and main achievements, this is your chance to sell yourself!
Do not try to be clever and invest your time in fancy borders, colours, fonts, graphics and pictures. Clients generally (unless you work in a creative role) prefer simple and easy to read CVs that are full of interesting content.”
You may have developed your CV over a number of years, or you might have only just put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). Tailor your CV to the role you are applying for. Every position will most probably be slightly different from the next, so avoid sending generic CVs to each position. Slight tweaks will help your CV be job specific and increase your chances of securing an interview. Contact a recruiter for advice or even just get a friend or family member to cast their eye over it. When you are so personally involved, a distanced view can result in worthwhile changes.
Too often candidates see their CV as the deal breaker, whilst (if necessary) the cover letter is just a supporting piece of paper. This isn’t the case. The two should work together, playing off each other, with the letter touching on subjects and skills that are expanded on in your CV. Always refer to the job specification; by including the same keywords, outlining how your skills are relevant and adjusting your profile so it is aligned to the company’s values, you are positioning yourself as a direct match for the role.
Lastly, check for mistakes! Your CV is your first impression and although a slight spelling or grammatical error might not seem too important, this could be the difference between a hiring manager wanting to bring you in for an interview or not.