Top tips for writing a great CV

As more and more workers continue to enter the business world, the recruitment process continues to be as competitive as ever – and in order to get noticed by employers, candidates really need to take measures that will help them stand out from the crowd. Of course, CVs are not necessarily the primary deciding factor in recruitment; but they do pave the way to the next stage in the job application process.

Whether you’re a Generation Z candidate looking for your first job after university, or you’re a Millennial looking to take the next leap in your career, there are a few essentials that everyone should consider upon creating or updating their CV.

Presentation

In business, although first impressions aren’t everything, they do make a difference when it comes to creating your CV. It’s always a good idea to print your CV onto clean, white paper, with the text itself clearly and professionally laid out. It’s best to avoid folding the papers wherever possible, placing it in an A4-sized envelope. Try to keep the text font as professional as possible; avoid informal styles, and ensure that the text is large enough to be read easily, but not too large that it takes up too much space.

Basic ingredients of a great CV

Although, of course, you should aim for your CV to stand out, there are basic ingredients that form the fundamentals of any successful application. After filling out your personal and contact details, you’ll need to make sure you include your education history and qualifications, as well as work experience and past relevant skills/achievements. It’s not essential, but also a good idea to include your interests if they add something valuable.

The personal statement

Your personal statement will act as the key focal point of your CV, since it’s commonly placed where the eyes naturally fall on a page. This is a part of the CV that can either be made generic or unique – so it’s important to try and get this right. You should list your background and main skills here, of course, but before you do so, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the job description. Spend some time going through the required qualities, and try writing a statement that’s both unique to you and tailored to the role itself.

Apply your interests to the role

The ‘hobbies and interests’ section should be considered carefully, since it’s a part of the CV that can either waste valuable space, or accentuate the rest of it. Of course, you need to be truthful about your interests, but consider adding hobbies that could be relevant to your role, or skills that might benefit you. It’s best to leave out hobbies that don’t support your application, replacing them with activities that represent people skills.

Keep your CV updated

Technically, a CV is never finished. Of course, the first draft provides a base for you to always work from, but you should try and continue updating it every few months to keep it in line with your achievements and life events. It’s also important that you tailor your CV to the job role itself, making changes accordingly each time.

The prospect of creating a CV can often seem more intimidating than it need be, but it’s worth knowing tips that can help you get noticed. To find out more, please contact a member of our team.

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