Three Quick Ways To Improve Your CV

26 October

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When you’re job hunting, having a great CV is so important. This will most likely be your potential employer’s first impression of you, and you want to make sure you stand out for the right reasons and make it clear that you’re the best person for the job.
Here are three tips to make sure your CV goes straight to the top of the callback list and not straight into the bin:
Draw attention to the important parts
Most recruiters will receive a lot of CVs for every job they advertise, so they may only have time to skim each CV for a few seconds before deciding whether to interview you or not. Make those seconds count by putting the important information in bold in order to catch their eye. This includes:
  • Your name and contact details
  • Your previous job titles, employers and when you worked there
  • Any relevant qualifications
Write in sentences
When it comes to previous work experience, write in full, concise sentences rather than bullet points or a list of your duties, which are boring to read and can seem a bit lazy.
Although recruiters will skim-read your CV, if a position you’ve worked in catches their eye, a short paragraph about your responsibilities and anything you’ve done which showcases your skills (i.e. leading a project) will make you sound enthusiastic about your work and prove that you can string a sentence together. Double win.
Triple check
Check three times for any spelling errors or typos. Because if you can’t be bothered to check for mistakes during the application process, what are you going to be like on the job?

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