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6 Tips To Improve Your CV

CV Tips

CV Tips 1 - Keep it real!

Usually a CV should be no more than two pages – and that's two pages of A 4 paper! Employers spend, an average, just 8 seconds looking at any one CV, and a surefire way of landing yourself on the no pile is to send them your entire life story. Keep it punchy, to the point, and save those niggly little details for the interview.

CV Tips 2 - Tailor it

We've all done it. Whizzed the same CV out to lots of employers to save time... Stop! Take the time to change your CV for each role that you apply for. Research the company and use the job advert to work out EXACTLY what skills you should point out to them. They will appreciate the obvious effort.

CV Tips 3 - Include a personal statement

Don’t just assume an employer will see how your experience relates to their job. Instead, use a short personal statement to explain why you are the best person for the job.

CV Tips 4 - Don't leave gaps

We are a cynical bunch and leaving obvious gaps on your CV immediately makes employers suspicious – and they won't give you the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve been out of work it can be a worry but just put a positive spin on it. Did you do a course, volunteer work or develop soft skills such as communication, teamwork or project management? If so, shout about it!

CV Tips 5 – Keep it current

You should keep your CV up-to-date whether you’re looking for a job or not. Every time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don't later forget something that could be important.

CV Tips 6 - The error of your ways

Employers DO look for mistakes on CVs and if they find them, it makes you look really bad. Ben Johnson, head of recruitment and resourcing at warns, "With most employers experiencing massive volumes of applicants right now, giving them the excuse to dismiss your application because of avoidable errors is not going to help you secure an interview." If you're unsure then use a spell checker and ask someone else to double-check what you've written. And don't ignore the most common mistakes.

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