5 Ways To Improve Your CV
Your curriculum vitae or ‘CV’ is usually the first piece of information a prospective employer will see that informs them all about you.
With typically one chance to make a good first impression with your CV here are 5 ways to improve your CV. Remember that a CV is an important document on the road to securing that all-important interview with a prospective employer.
Mind the gap
One of the most obvious things to avoid on your CV is the ‘Gap’. Always check to ensure your CV does not contain any gaps. A gap in employment dates is normally acceptable, but if you decided to go travelling around the world for a year and you forget to include this in your CV a prospective employer has no idea what happened.
It is okay to have a gap between jobs, sometimes this happens and other times people leave one position and walk straight into another. Gaps are okay but probably better to make sure they are not deemed to be for long mysterious periods of time with no visible means of explanation.
Typos and spelling mistakes
Avoid sending a CV to a recruitment company and ultimately a potential employer that contains spelling mistakes. Formal written communication is to a large degree being impacted by our smartphone, text and email culture. (where time is not often taken to proofread a communication before it is sent). It is important to take time when writing and updating your CV. Your CV is an important document.
There are so many free and available spelling and grammar checking resources available online and in document writing software, that taking time to proof-read your CV is important. Ask a close friend or family member to check it over for you as often a fresh review of a document can help when someone else looks over the text.
A good CV is clear and concise. A good clean and simple layout in a font that is easy to read works best. In most cases, it is best to avoid trying to develop a flamboyant CV in a desperate attempt to make it stand out. A prospective employer is looking to review your details and information in a fast, efficient manner and keeping things clear and simple is usually the best way forward.
Shorter blocks of text work best and if you have a medium or longer piece of information to convey consider using a brief number of bullet points. Remember that the people reviewing your CV are probably reviewing many CV’s at one time so making it easy to follow is important.
It is perfectly okay to ensure that your CV emphasises and outlines the most salient points for the job you are applying for. Be honest, precise and clear in terms of emphasising the most relevant areas of your skills and experience that apply to the job in question.
Focus on the specific achievements that are relevant to the role and remember that a prospective employer will be looking for the keywords and phrases that are aligned to the job. Be familiar with the industry terms and include relevant words that help to demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the position.
Focus on the important
A CV is typically 1 or 2 pages in length. Many people are advocates of saying one page is best. Please note that there is nothing wrong with a longer CV if it is relevant information. A good edit of your CV will help you to shorten down the less specific text and to highlight the more relevant areas. You do not need to include long explanations.
Focus on the important, the most relevant facts and remember that employers are looking for your experiences and what positive impact you had as much as how long you were in a previous position for.
Think about the most important information to convey about your career to date. A CV is more than simply a collection of dates and where you have worked, it is your opportunity to demonstrate an alignment and fit for the role and to clearly demonstrate why you stand out as a preferred candidate.
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