Top 5 CV Writing Tips
Is 2018 the year that you’ll be looking to apply for jobs and begin your career, or are you simply looking to refresh your CV to improve your job prospects? Writing a CV that will make employers take notice can prove difficult, especially if you’re writing it for the first time. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 5 top tips for writing a CV.
1. Keep it simple
It’s said that employers spend on average 8.8 seconds looking at a CV, so make sure yours doesn’t get cast aside because it’s difficult to decipher. A neatly presented CV that is to the point will stand out to an employer, and it will be that much easier to direct them towards the information that makes you the best candidate.
2. Use it showcase yourself
Although an employer is scanning a CV for the skills and experience that make you suitable for the job, they also want to get to know a bit about the person that they’ll be meeting should they invite you for an interview. Always use the end of your CV to introduce yourself as a person, let the person reading it know what your interests are and what you like to do at the weekend, so that they have a person to attach your credentials to.
3. Make it relevant to the role
Once you’ve written your CV, you may find that you’re sending out the same one to employers in bulk. You should always take the time to read the job description over again and change your CV to fit that role. Do some research on the company and find out exactly what skills you should highlight that will make them take notice. You never know, just adding one skill or one bit of experience you have might be the difference between your CV going on the “yes” or “no” pile.
4. Keep it up to date
If you already have a CV and currently have a job, that doesn’t mean your CV doesn’t need looking at until your next job search. It’s good practice to keep it up to date throughout your employment, adding any skill you learn or milestones you reach in your career. It’s much easier to keep your CV up to date as you go, rather than trying to remember everything you’ve learnt and achieved at a later date.
5. You can never check too many times
This is an obvious one, the last thing that will impress a potential employer is a CV littered with mistakes. Read it over and over again to make sure there are no spelling mistakes, that any facts and figures add up, and most importantly that it makes sense to read. After all, if your CV is brimming with skills and experience it would be silly to get caught out on a simple mistake!