When applying for a new job, your CV is the most vital component, it can be the make-or-break factor in securing you an interview with one of our clients.
Putting together a successful CV is a case of taking all of your skills and experience and tailoring them specifically to the job you’re applying for. With this in mind, check out our checklist on what to include on your CV
- Personal Details – your name, address, mobile number and email address. Including your LinkedIn profile page is also a bonus.
- Personal Profile – this will be a short paragraph which will address, who you are, what you can offer to the company and what are your career goals.
- Employment History – This section gives you the chance to outline your previous jobs. When listing experience, state your job title, the employer, the dates you worked and some information about your key responsibilities. List your experience starting with your current / most recent job.
- Education and Qualifications – This section allows you to list your educational achievements, you may write your degree, A-levels or GCSEs (or equivalents).
- Additional Sections – There is a range of additional sections which may strengthen your CV and highlight your skills. Here you can list key skills, achievements and interests. Be careful with this section, try to avoid listing hobbies or skills which don’t add value to your CV or the job you’re applying for. Draw on interests that will make you stand out to the employer.
Just by following these steps, you’ll be on your way to creating a CV which will enable you to land the next role in your career. Whilst you’re creating your CV, ensure it is presented in an easy to read format so that potential employers can easily navigate themselves around each section. Keep your CV to two sides of A4, the average employer spends around 30 seconds on each CV, therefore its essential you keep it concise and to the point. It’s crucial that once you have completed your CV, you proofread it. Proofreading will allow you to ensure your CV is clear, grammatically correct and free from any typos. Getting someone else to read it to double-check is also a great idea, they may be able to spot an error you were unable to find.