All recruitment consultants have read their fair share of hilarious CVs. While this may be entertaining for the consultant, it can create an impression of complacency and have a detrimental effect on the candidates’ chances of getting the job.
Your CV should concentrate on showing a potential employer that you have the necessary experience and skill-set required for the job.
That being said, we thought we’d compile a list of dos and don’ts for you. We wouldn’t want your CV to be pinned on the wall and used as an amusing example of what not to do!
What you should be doing:
- Study the job description and role to ensure you have a good idea of what the employer is looking for.
- Research the organisation and adjust your CV to fit.
- Explain how your skills and employment history are relevant and repeat some of the key words from the job description.
- Ensure your CV is written with active language; instead of writing ‘I had to organise’ simply write ‘organised.’
- When describing your current role you should ensure it’s written in the present tense.
- Be honest, no one is an expert at everything and you’ll probably be asked to explain a lot of key information on your CV at the interview stage.
- Make use of the internet to find sample CVs and templates.
- Check your spelling and grammar. Ask someone else to read over it too, as they are likely to notice things you’ve missed.
What you should avoid:
- Too much information: It’s unnecessary to include your sex, age, marital status and nationality. There has even been an occasion where a candidate included their star sign… just don’t.
- Amusing email addresses: Having something like firstname.lastname@example.org probably won’t result in your application being taken seriously.
- Clichés: No one wants to read that you’re a ‘go-getter‘who ‘works well under pressure.’So even if you’re a ‘team player’ with ‘advanced communication skills’ you should only get this point across by highlighting relevant experience.
- Jargon and overly complicated/technical language: Keep it clear, concise and punchy.
- Salary expectations: This never comes across well.
- Graphics, tables and photos: It usually results in the CV looking too disorderly and messy.
If you utilise these tips and incorporate them into your CV then you’ll have a far better chance of getting an interview. Happy job-hunting.
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