The ins and outs of CVs
Though there is no ‘official’ way to write your CV here are a few pointers that might help your CV get noticed.
We as recruiters get 100’s of CVs a day and if we cannot see the relevant information where we expect it, yours might be missed.
Some of these are a must, some are superficial and some are just suggestions – but if all followed then your CV will speak for its self!
- Order – You CV needs to start with your recent experience and go backwards. I have no idea why but this is how it’s done and it confuses everyone who looks at it if done a different way.
- Information– name, address, email and phone number- this is the personal information that is needed- you do not need- DOB, Marital status, smoking status and yes if you’re a dog owner! Keep it to the point- some people don’t like dogs!
- Word over PDF – Word is easier and more compatible for 99% of companies and their databases, if you send it in another format then expect to be asked to resend it.
- Relevance– depending on you work experience depends on what you will add to your CV. If you have 10 years in your field I don’t need to know you were a School prefect or passed your Cycling proficiency- actually unless you’re applying to be a cycler we never need to know that!
- Photos– in the UK we don’t need a photo. In the US and other countries it’s the norm but we don’t like it and will remove it to avoid discrimination.
- Keep it simple – Bullet points are your friend on a CV, we need the information to be seen easily without having to read an essay.
- Look at what you’re applying to – A long list of academic achievements are great for a university position but in the corporate world can be a little overwhelming. Make it easy to read and understand.
- Make it about you – CV’s have to strike that balance between personal and professional. Make sure it has the information you want to show potential employers but in a way that is easy follow.
Why? Why can you not just do what you want?!
I wish you could but there are 2 main reasons why, in the majority of circumstances you can’t… especially if you are not looking for a job in the creative industry..
- Unconscious bias – We want people making decisions on your skills and ability not because you support another football team – yes that did happen to me a number of years ago!
- Giving you the best shot – we want to help you find a job! The CV is often the best way we know of to help you open that first door!
There are 100s more ideas out there I’m sure, but this as a start and will hopefully help!
Feel free to share this with your network and let me know if these tips are helpful to you. If you would like any advice on how to improve your application processes, please EMAIL ME.
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