Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Top 5 CV Tips

Top 5 CV Tips
Your CV is the first thing that employers will view but forgetting the basic rules could see it end up in the bin rather in the shortlist pile!

Here are the top 5 CV tips that will ensure you’re not performing any schoolboy errors.

1. Contact Details

Make sure you have included your contact details clearly within your CV as this ensures employers are able to get in touch with you.

You should always include your name and your home address as employers like to gauge where you might be traveling from. As an added benefit, if your employer is aware of where you live, this sometimes can become a topic of conversation at an interview.

Including at least your home telephone or mobile number is vital and adding your email address can add an extra method of communication. This can also help as some employers may be keen to send you documents, for example a job specification.

Adding social networking links such as your LinkedIn profile can also provide another means of contact for your employers. Make sure you only include links to external sites which you feel are appropriate for the employer to view.

2. CV Length and Readability

Your CV should never exceed two A4 pages and your font size should never drop below 10pt. Make sure that you choose a sensible font like Arial, Calibri or Helvetica and don’t over use font emphasis like bolds and italics.

3. Spell check and spell check again

Always make sure you spell check your CV both for mistakes and grammar errors. There is nothing worse than reading a CV that is full of mistakes. It won’t show attention to detail and the employer may question your ability.

It always helps if someone else reads over your CV to see if they can find any mistakes that you may have missed.

4. Tailor your CV to fit the job

When applying for a job your CV needs to inform the potential employer that you are the right person for the role. You can achieve this by tailoring your CV to match the specification of the job. Make sure you include evidence of experience they are asking for, the use of any technologies or tools required for the job or other buzz words that may be appropriate.

For example if the job specification requires a good team player, make sure somewhere in your CV you mention this. You should also tailor your personal statement/cover letter with similar effect.

5. References

It is not necessary to include the names and addresses of your references but if you don’t mind including these details then make sure you include at least two people.

This can be either previous employers or teachers. However if you don’t want to include any personal information then this section can be replaced with “references are available on request”.

This information should always be located at the end of your CV and always ask permission before putting someone down as a reference on your CV.

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