We’ve all been sat down with the task of having to write our CV at one point or another. A task, that when it comes around to it, is a lot more difficult than it seems. Your CV after all isn’t just a list of your achievements or experiences, but it’s a two-page opportunity to sell yourself to potential employers.
“Sell myself?!” you ask. Well, yes. At the end of the day you are both an asset and investment to the organisation that hires you, and they ought to rest assured that you will be money well-spent.
“But how do I sell myself?” you say. Fret not, we’ve got some top tips on how to take your CV from one that might be skimmed and binned to one that will make the cut and land you the job. Now, while the ‘perfect’ CV certainly is relative, following these pointers will still boost it up a notch and increase your chances of being hired for that dream job!
- Make it compelling
Your CV should leave your interviewer wanting to know more. Think of the sort of questions you would want the interviewer to ask and make sure your CV highlights the points that would probe them to ask more.
- Be concise
The ideal CV should be no more than two pages long, with minimal sub sections. Make sure you focus on the primary points you want to get across. Anything overly wordy or lengthy won’t be read, even if it’s packed with impressive information! Get rid of your oldest work experiences or ones that don’t add much oomph to your CV if you’ve been employed at quite a few places
- Tailor it to each employer
Tedious, I know. A good way around it is to keep alternative paragraphs and bullet points that you can swap in and out depending on the need. All in all, it shouldn’t take too long as the bulk of information will remain the same, however it could make or break your chances of getting the job!
- Give other sources of information
If you’ve made a big impact outside of work – doing projects, volunteer work, clubs etc. make sure to include this. The quirkier the things the better! If you have a blog or website include links to this. The more interested the employer gets in you, the better! Anything extracurricular that makes you stand out is essential.
- Sell yourself!
Emphasise your results. Your choice of words is key. Instead of just mentioning, for example, that you ran a company’s social media platforms, say you increased the Twitter following by so and so percent, Facebook by so, and so on. Wherever you’ve done a job that showed results include this! Don’t be shy to boast – this is what will sell you!
Having a stellar CV will catapult you into the realm of ideal candidate. Of course, make your CV as personal as possible but following these general tips will guarantee to improve your chances of catching the employers eye!
If you need help writing a CV contact us on 01293 817227 and together with you, we can tailor the perfect one!