Helpful tips to improve your CV
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If you are looking to apply for a new position, every position advertised will always ask for a CV, so having an excellent CV will make you stand out from other candidates. So this week for the blog, I have put together some helpful tips to take into consideration to improve your CV and make you stand out against the competition.
Tailoring your CV
One of the most important parts of your CV is making sure it is tailored. You don’t want to submit a CV that is not tailored to the position you are applying for, as it does not show how you meet the requirements. You should save a base/generic CV which covers all sections with room to add info and tailor it to a specific position.
Once you have thoroughly read through the job specification, take any key words mentioned and make sure they are mentioned in your CV. Many hiring managers and recruiters receive large numbers of CVs, so to make the process quicker, they often use software to search for key words mentioned in the job spec.
Spelling and Grammar
A common mistake people make is not doing a final spelling and grammar check. Most word processing programs do automatic spelling and grammar checks, although errors are sometime missed. So once you have your final copy of your CV, ensure you read over it to make sure any small mistakes haven’t been missed. Another tip is to get a second person to read through the final copy, as a fresh pair of eyes sometimes picks up more.
Ensure that the formatting of your CV is consisted throughout. You want to ensure that the font, text size, font colour, line spacing etc. is the same from top to bottom, especially when you are tailoring your CV. When you are tailoring your CV, make sure that when you add info in, it follows the same formatting of the rest of the document.
Getting the length of your CV right is essential. You don’t want it to be too short and not give enough detail into your past experience and skills, but you also don’t want it to be pages and pages long. Many companies/recruiters receive large amount of CVs and if your CV is very long, they may not read the entire document and may miss important information.
When submitting your CV to a recruitment agency, always ensure that you have contact details displayed and that they are fully up to date, as if you are successful and get to the next stage, recruiters will need to be able to get in touch with you quickly. (Please note all contact details are removed from CVs when submitting to clients).
I hope the tips above have helped you think about ways you can improve your CV. If you have any tips that you use to help make your CV stand out that are not mentioned above, feel free to share them in a comment below.
I hope everyone has a great long bank holiday weekend.