CV Tips

Tips for writing a successful CV

Whether you’re looking for a job or not, it’s always good practice to have an up to date CV ready, you never know when the ideal opportunity may present itself.

We know CVs are subjective, so we take the time to get to know the person behind it. We will do all that we can to best represent you to our clients and ensure they don’t rely on the CV alone to make their decision to move to interview stage.

No one knows you better than you, so give yourself the winning edge by putting your best self forward. Landing the right job will depend on the interview, landing the interview will depend on your CV. Therefore it’s worth giving this your utmost attention and getting it right.

Here are some of our tips to help you create a successful CV;

The Basics

  • Remember consistency is key
  • Styling: Use a consistent font and size throughout the CV, we would suggest Arial/ Calibri font size 10. Justify all paragraphs this will align text to both margins.
  • Be articulate and positive
  • Use appropriate key words, often companies will use software to identify and shortlist CV’s
  • Include a profile about you and be sure to write this in 3rd person
  • Clearly highlight your achievements on the front page
  • CV should be between 2 – 3 pages for a permanent role and 3 – 5 pages for a contract role, depending on seniority
  • Always spell check and proof read. Spelling and grammar errors are unforgivable

Avoid

  • Avoid the use of tables, boxes, borders and photos
  • Avoid stating your date of birth
  • Avoid excessive spacing
  • Unless you are a recent graduate, avoid including hobbies

CV Content – What to include

Personal Info

  • Contact Info: As well as including basic contact information such as your name, address, phone number and email addresses, include your LinkedIn profile if you have one. Chances are the potential recruiter or recruitment consultant will search for you on LinkedIn
  • Personal Profile: Synopsis of your skills and experience. Potential employers will glance over this, therefore make it engaging and brief, keywords here will certainly get you noticed
  • Industry Experience: Include industries you have worked in and industries you would like to work in. For example if you have only worked in Finance but are open to Insurance then state this in your profile
  • Capabilities Summary/ Technical Summary: Highlight your core skills, ideally hand pick 4 or 5 core skills appropriate to the role you want
  • Professional Awards and/ or Executive Qualification: Detail any work related awards or qualifications

Employment Summary

  • Company Name
  • Role Title
  • Dates [month & year]
  • Role Description: Short description of YOUR role and the project/role, approx. 2 – 3 sentences. Use bullet points to illustrate day to day tasks, specific achievements and technical summary. If you managed a team state the FTE staff

Gaps

  • Highlight any gaps in your career and provide reasons

Other

  • Consider languages, security clearance

 

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