Your CV is the document that sells you. It will be the first time a potential new employer will start to evaluate you against what they’re looking for. It’s your first (and possibly last) opportunity to sell yourself, your experience and your future value to new employers.
Here are 5 tips that at MacGregor Black we always talk to our candidates about when putting together their CV.
1 Use a structure
First up, find a CV template that works. Keeping to a template and using a structured approach to writing a CV helps the reader follow your CV and remember your story. Remember, it doesn’t have to be restricted to two pages but shouldn’t be a 6 pager either, somewhere in-between will be about right.
2 Keep it up to date
Using an old CV looks bad and that you can’t be bothered to keep it up to date, it means that the reader (HR or the hiring manager) will start to question your aptitude. The same goes for any gaps or dates which conflict with one another, which can lead to an inconsistent message.
3 Use Numbers to Stand Out
Your CV should demonstrate your unique set of skills and experience. Make sure you include numbers to highlight your commercial successes, regardless of your job role, numbers are the most powerful way to demonstrate your achievements.
4 Avoid Errors
Make sure that your CV has zero errors in it, even down to the smallest details, like a consistent font throughout. It’s always best to get someone to double check everything for you, as a fresh set of eyes can help you avoid any errors.
5 Be Specific
Don‘t be generic. Work out who or which industry sector or company your CV is aimed at and tailor it to highlight the right aspects of your experience for them.