Your CV is important

This is the document that you are going to use to sell yourself and your skills to any prospective employer.

Making a start

Whether you’re applying for call centre jobs or employment in the fashion industry, take your time over your CV. Employers don’t want to see spelling mistakes, especially if you’re applying for an office job. Your CV should always be well laid out – remember that you want to interest your prospective employer and reams of densely typed prose will only exasperate them. Less is more, so make sure you space your CV well, but don’t use tables in the format as these can’t be read by the digital software used by many recruiters.

Tell the truth

Key Talent Personnel | IT | Broadcast | Gaming | RecruitmentAlways be honest about your skills and achievements. The Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith claimed to have attended the renowned University of Perugia on his CV whereas he actually only spent a year at a completely different educational institute in Perugia. If you embellish your achievements and skills, you will only come undone at your interview and then your prospective employer might lose interest in you.

A logical progression

Start with your name and contact details at the head of your CV. Many employers despair of candidates who don’t insert their email details. If you’re on LinkedIn include these details as you may have some glowing recommendations on your profile page. An article in The Daily Telegraph suggests that you don’t write your CV in a fancy font and also don’t include colour. Plain black on white looks more professional and you don’t need to display your artistic skill on your CV. Microsoft Word rather than PDF format is preferable.

Keep it relevant

Your job history should start with the current position, reasons for leaving and skills and achievements. If some of your achievements aren’t relevant for your prospective job then don’t include them. HR departments and employers can read hundreds of CVs for a specific role, so they don’t want to hear about your singing accomplishments in the office choir if you’re applying for a job as a market analyst.

Make sure your CV is concise

The clearer you can be about your achievements, the easier it will be for a stranger to read your CV. You should also make sure that you are including all of the qualities required by the job advert. An article in The Guardian suggests that you try not to employ jargon, as this can sometimes be confusing. As long as you keep your CV clear and easy to read then at least someone will want to read it. You have to bear in mind that you want someone to make a decision about your future from reading this document. Don’t waffle and try not to include too many personal details, they’re probably not relevant. Remember to include referees on your CV and their contact details as well as applicable qualifications.

Once you’re confident that your CV gives an accurate representation of your skills and experience you may find that sourcing the right job becomes a little easier.

Originally posted on The Online Recruitment Resource website November 2015