The Perfect CV: 5 Key Tips


Your CV is your first impression. It’s the first chance you get to stand out from the crowd and grab the employer’s attention. According to a recent survey, employers receive an average of around 70 CVs for each position, only spending 1-2 minutes looking at each one. So, with around 60 seconds to impress the person reading your CV you had better make sure it is the best possible representation of you that it can be. But how do you do that?

Well, even though there are numerous CV templates out there, there is no one right or perfect CV. Each job requires a different type of CV and each employer will have a slightly different approach to the selection process. However, there are certain things that you need to do on your CV to give yourself the best chance of standing out.

So here are my top 5 CV tips:

#1: Put your career summary at the top

The last thing a hiring manager wants to do is search for your employment history. By putting it at the top it is the first thing they will see, and with only 1 or 2 minutes to impress you want to make sure to prove you are qualified straight away. It also helps to put the job title or company name in bold, depending on which one is more impressive.

#2: Be relevant

Employers don’t need to know that you had a paper route when you were 16 (or something else equally as irrelevant). As I said, each CV you send off should be different and therefore you should include the work experience that is relevant to the job that you are applying for. Employers hate waffle and you shouldn’t make a CV over 2 pages as it probably won’t get read.

#3: Simplicity is key

As tempting as it may be to add fancy formatting with borders and colours etc, in most cases a hiring manager will look on it as unprofessional and therefore your chances of getting the job are ruined. There’s nothing wrong with a simple, black and white CV so there’s really no need to be overly fancy. Recruiters don’t like it.

#4: Use Keywords

With the volume of CVs being received and the resulting short period of time looking at your CV recruiters will often scan your application for keywords or buzzwords. In fact a lot of the time employers use tracking systems to separate unqualified candidates so make sure you include them. You can find the necessary keywords in the job descriptions which, if incorporated, will ensure that you end up on top of the pile.

#5: Check your spelling and grammar

There’s nothing worse than receiving a CV with careless spelling mistakes or simple grammar errors (especially when you’re using spell check!). Ask someone to proof read your CV to make sure it is correct because if you have made silly mistakes I can almost guarantee your CV will get thrown away.

So that’s my top 5 tips for creating the best possible résumé. Of course you cannot guarantee that you will get the job but if you incorporate these tips into your CV you stand a chance.

Good luck!




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