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
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 Write-a-CV.com 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 commonmistakes.