Writing a CV is a serious business. You cannot assume that one CV will suit everyone you send it to. Often you will have to tailor it to the specific employer and that means highlighting genuine areas of expertise to match a brief. We are always here to help & more often than not will advise shortlisted candidates on what changes need to be made. We hope that the following will be valuable to you.
Try to avoid an overuse of logos & overly creative CV templates! – these can be hard to process on a recruiters database….we speak from many bitter experiences!
Keep it simple, factual and concise. Personal details should include the following:
This should read like a trailer to a great movie! This is your attention grabber, so make it relevant to your experience, don’t be modest & summarise neatly what your skill sets are. Whet the readers appetite!
It is crucial that you find the balance of what to include & exclude. Besides the obvious School, College & University qualifications it is essential that you add in your training & professional areas of expertise. We are surprised for example at how many Transport managers don’t state that they have a CPC! Likewise, we have had CV’s where a full page is taken up with every module of every training course attended!
List your achievements. This is crucial so please ensure these are highlighted after your profile introduction. Do these in simple bullet points & include stats if relevant.
These matter as it paints a picture of who you are beyond the workplace. A wide range of interests always looks good because the employer will want to see that you can fit in to different environments – likewise it may be an ice breaker if you & the interviewer have a shared interest.
Check through your CV and make sure you can answer 'yes' to the following questions:
The most important thing about your CV is that as soon as the potential employer sees your details, he/she immediately puts in the yes pile!.