Putting together a CV is a time consuming process and depending on who you speak to you will get completely different advice. Some people advocate for adding a photo to your CV – others say absolutely don’t do this! At the end of the day these things can come down to a matter of opinion- however there are some things that should be observed to help your CV stand out. So here are some of our tips to add to the mix.
Consistent General Formats
The main layout of a CV is:
Name & Personal Contact Details
Achievements & Skills
This format can vary slightly – a graduate may choose to put education above employment as this may be the more relevant experience, you might put some skills under your personal statement to highlight them. But as a general rule this is a good format to follow.
Put down your experience in date order with your most recent employment first. A good standard layout is:
Month Year – Month Year
This is a clear and easy layout to follow for the reader.
A Neat and Tidy Finish
Put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter/hiring manager receiving 100+ applications for a role; unfortunately you cannot possible read each CV back to back – so how do you make your CV stand out? Probably not how you think… make sure your CV is neat and tidy, not too busy and easy to read! This way a hiring manager can easily spot the key factors they are looking for in a new recruit. The last thing you want is to spend days putting together a highly creative CV to be automatically disregarded due to the creativity and not the experience you have. If you are a designer send a portfolio across with your CV to show your skills in this area.
The Nit Picking…
Here are a few tips we have found from experience can trip people up….
EXPERIENCE or EXPEREINCE …The problem with capital letters is they aren’t picked up in spell check. As they appear different from your usual view it can easily be missed! The amount of times key words in a CV such as heading , job titles…and yes even candidate names have been spelt wrong is too many to count!
Stick with a format
When you started writing your CV 10 years ago (or last week!) you may have started with a particular format. For example – employment dates of January 2009 – December 2009 but as time has gone on and you have updated your new roles this changes to Jan 10 to Mar 16…
It is worth keeping this in mind when you update your CV to maintain a consistent format.
This rule also applies for writing in past and present tense. When adding a new role onto your CV it is always worth going back and making sure your previous roles are not in present tense.
Use Bullet Points
Bullet points draw attention to key facts and make a CV easy to scan for the more important qualities and achievements. It makes your CV more readable – therefore easier to grab the attention of the hiring manager.
Contact details are a must!
In our digital age it is becoming more and more common to not add contacts details to CV – this is a big mistake – if you are not easily contactable from your CV you may again be overlooked for a role.
Particularly if you are sending your CV to agencies make sure your address is on the CV. When agencies receive new roles they will do a search for people within a certain distance of the company location. If we don’t have your address you can be missed from these searches.
Spelling & Grammar
Get someone to check this for you. It is harder to spot your own mistakes in text becauseyou know what you are trying to portray so ask a friend to do this for you.
We spend hours trying to perfect our CV’s to make ourselves stand out from the crowd – the most important thing to remember is to make sure it isn’t the little things that are pulling you down. Your CV should not be created to how you like it but to how a hiring manager or recruiter will like it.
Now your CV is perfected, get in touch!
Send your CV to us here and we can help you find your dream role. https://www.peoplemarketing.co.uk/sendus-your-cv
Grace Mitchell: Business Support Coordinator