With recruiters and employers spending on average as little as 15 seconds looking at each CV, it is vital yours packs the necessary impact to help you stand out from competition and help you achieve that dream job. Here are four tips to help get you started creating a successful CV.
Are you using a professional layout?The last thing an employer wants to do is spend ages searching through your CV to pick out all your skills and abilities. With 100’s of people applying for the same roles, you must ensure your CV remains clear, concise and to the point. Avoid story format where possible and instead bullet point your skills and expertise. Rather than a long professional profile at the top, consider including the title of your job and bullet pointing your key selling points.
Highlight your (USP’s) Unique Selling PointsWith intense competition behind every vacancy it is vital you make sure your CV stands out from the crowd in some way. Employers don’t just look for skills, they look for personality and what else you can bring to the company, whether this is through your unique problem solving abilities or maybe entrepreneurial flair. Think how can you make that company more money and clearly tell them!
Know your audienceMake every effort to research the company you are applying to and tailor your CV to match the job specification. Taking this one step further, research company values, history and the ethos behind a company and tailor your CV in that businesses own tone of voice.
Proof readIt is so easy to make the odd spelling or grammar mistake when writing your CV or application and this can often cost you your chances at interview. A second set of eyes is always better than one and it is always worth getting a colleague or friend to read over your application or CV before submitting it.
Keep your CV up to dateIt is crucial you keep your CV / Resume up to date. Whether you have taken on a new project or had an increase in responsibilities this must all be updated on your CV.