How to Write a Great CV

How to Write a Great CV

When applying for jobs, your CV is your shop window. It shows the hiring manager what skills and experience you have and what value you can bring to the company. Therefore, you must take time when writing your CV, even in sectors experiencing a skills shortage. In addition, as you are applying for professional roles, the hiring manager needs to ensure that you have the right attributes for the job.

These are some of our top tips for writing a great CV.

Short is better

Recruiters are busy people, and they generally only spend seconds looking at a CV. The average time is a mere six seconds. Therefore, there is no point in writing an essay for your CV; one or two pages is sufficient. As long as you cover the key sections: the profile, education, experience, and skills, you will be providing the hiring manager with ample information to make a decision. Additional sections, such as achievements and hobbies, are helpful if you need to fill space or if these are particularly significant to the role.

Tailor to suit

Although your CV will generally be the same for each job you apply to, you should make minor tweaks to tailor it to the employer. Every organisation has different values/cultures etc., and minor tweaks will make it more relevant and help you build rapport with the hiring manager. You can use the company website, LinkedIn profile etc, to get a gauge of what their culture and values look like.

Keep it updated

There is nothing worse than a candidate handing in a CV for a recruiter, only to find that the most recent employment isn’t the latest. Not keeping your CV updated but submitting it anyway can show a lack of professionalism. You should continually update your CV for each new employment and whenever you have updated your skillset.

No gaps

Significant gaps on a CV are always a cause of concern for a recruiter, and in many cases, the gaps are not as straightforward as they may seem. Instead of leaving gaps, which could cause you to be discounted for a job, you should state anything significant to help counteract the gaps. For example, if you were raising your children, undertaking a course, or volunteering, you will have developed skills that can be transferable to the role.

Honesty is the best policy

If you lie on your CV, there is a high chance you will get found out. It is not worth it. Your CV should always contain factual information, including the dates you were employed. If a recruiter finds out that you have lied on your CV, they will be suspicious as to the reasons why.

Spelling and grammar

Always check your CV before submitting it for any spelling or grammatical errors. Errors like this show a lack of attention to detail and will be off-putting to the recruiter. 

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