8 Tips For Creating The Perfect CV
Writing a good CV is very important when you want to apply for a new job. It is the best way to introduce your experience and skills to a prospective employer and the primary method of selling yourself to a company. You may have the qualifications and skills needed for a job, but without an up to scratch CV, you won’t even make it to the interview stage. Creating a great looking CV is easier than it may appear. All it takes is some practice and these useful tips:
1. Make it specific to individual applications
Creating a CV you can use for any job application may save time in the short term, however the CV may be too broad for the specific employer you are trying to attract. It is better to create one that directly targets the role or company you are applying for. That way, you’ll be able to highlight the right skills for that particular industry.
2. Keep it up to date
You never know when you may need to apply for a new job. For this reason, it’s useful to be prepared by creating a CV with your current position on it, just in case. It’s also essential that you don’t apply for jobs using an older CV, as it may have gaps which are a red flag to most employers.
3. Don’t leave any gaps
You may have a gap in your employment history for a number of reasons. When you do, it’s important to address this within your CV why this is. You need to put your yourself in a favourable light when you do this. If you’ve spent a large amount of time seeking employment you can create a good explanation for this. This may include reasons such as being self-employed, on a gap year or studying a course. Whatever the reason, it’s best to let those reading your CV understand to avoid not being considered for the position.
4. Know what to leave out
A CV should never be too long. This is a big turn off for potential employers. Some people may believe that having a multi-page CV will make them look more qualified. On the contrary – it is unprofessional and causes inconvenience to those reading it. If an employer has dozens of resumes to read through, they’re going to be skimming for the relevant details. For this reason, it’s important to identify what personal details are unnecessary – does your weekend job from when you were a teenager really need to be there?
5. Add a skills section
This is an important section that lets employers know you have the qualities they are looking for. Some skills are broad, whereas others are specific to a particular sector. There are three main types of skill: job-related, transferable and adaptive. Learning the difference between these will give you an advantage.
6. Mention former employment
Your employment history is an essential section of any CV. Knowing how to present your past and present jobs in the best light is very useful. If they are relevant to the job you are applying for, this is even better. If you have an excessive number of jobs irrelevant to the position you are applying for, you have a number of options. You can attempt to highlight the transferable skills you learnt from these jobs, or keep the details for these roles brief.
7. Don’t neglect your qualifications
Employers will often scrutinise the education section of a candidate’s CV to check that they are qualified for the position. For this reason, it is important to present all relevant qualifications clearly and concisely. This can include apprenticeships, certificates and degrees. Don’t overstuff this section with your entire education history. The grades you received at secondary school for subjects that aren’t Maths or English aren’t usually applicable, for instance.
8. Include a personal statement
This is useful for drawing attention to your best attributes. It can also be used to let the employer know why you are ideal for the job. When you get to the interview process your personal statement may shape the types of questions you are asked.
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