CV’s are important, it’s the first impression of yourself that you will give to a potential employer and can be the difference between securing an interview or not. As such, it is no surprise that there are a lot of important aspects to consider when writing your resume.
I got in touch with Krysta, our Recruitment Manager, who has, throughout her 8 years working with the company, read thousands of CVs and helped countless job seekers to optimise their resume to have the best possible chance to secure the next step in the recruitment process.
Hi Krysta! What are some of your tips to people writing out a CV for the first time?
Well, writing a CV can be a difficult task, but don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Always make sure that the CV reflects you as a worker and as a person. A good CV is when you are portraying all your experience in a well-structured form, highlighting your relevant skills, transferable skills and achievements for the job you are applying for.
Is one CV enough for every job application?
You should tailor your CV to the company you are presenting it to. Always keep in mind the nature of the company. If it is more corporate, focus on making it as professional as possible, for example. Make sure that you relevant experience and achievements for role that you are applying for are highlighted.
What can you leave out in a CV?
Don’t leave question marks. Always make sure to fill out any gaps in your work history as you don’t want to leave any room for doubt. This goes double for reasons for resignation. Be thorough, so that you present yourself as accountable.
Always remember that for most cases aim for quality over quantity. You need to be concise while giving detailed information about yourself. Never assume that the other person knows what you do. Don’t sell yourself too short and ensure you highlight your key achievements!
How long should the CV be?
Different companies and nations expect different things from a CV, but a general rule of thumb is to keep the content relevant! If you are a graduate with no experience, do not try to fill 10 pages of irrelevant extra-curricular activities, likewise, if you have 10 years’ experience it is not expected that you fit this all onto a one page CV!
Your CV is what tells the interviewer your experience and why you are right for this job. So, edit your CV to ensure it leaves no gaps and it sells why you deserve an interview for the job you are applying for.
What are some common CV mistakes you see?
As Recruitment Consultants, we often see CVs where the person thought that a work experience wasn’t important and left it out. That work experience might be the edge you need or the gap with no explanation might leave doubts in the readers mind.
One other mistake we see is the simplest to correct: spelling mistakes. Always double and triple check your CV. Some people find that reading the words aloud helps notice any mistakes. Find a method that works for you and stick to it.
If you are in doubt, just give our team a call. We will help you to structure your CV to display your relevant experience and secure you the best possible chance of getting the job you deserve! Register here