15 Tips for a Successful C.V.Posted: 23rd of December 2014 by
With an average of 23 people applying for every job in the UK, competition for your dream role is fierce. Your C.V. is the first step towards landing a job, but with only 5 applicants on average making it to interview it is important to make sure your C.V. odes what it is supposed to and sells you to your prospective employer.
The guidelines for creating a successful C.V. have changed over the years, but there are some hard and fast rules that remain, such as not making any spelling mistakes, and using the right font for your C.V. Your C.V. is your chance to make the right impression, but with many applications getting less than a minute before being short-listed or rejected, you need to make sure you get it right.
Presentation is as important as what you actually write on the C.V., however, by following a few basic steps you can avoid the common mistakes that see many job applications rejected. Employers and recruiters were asked what they look for in a C.V., as well as what to avoid, and we present some do’s and don’ts, below:
1. Use a professional font – don’t try to make your C.V. stand out by using an unusual font. Stick with Arial.
2. Use bullet points. Chances are, your C.V. will be quickly skimmed over rather than read in full – make it easy for the recruiter.
3. Don’t be tempted to use coloured paper or type. Stay simple with black print on white paper. Also don’t hand-write your C.V. or use a type-writer – it’s the 21st century now. Also, keep your C.V. under two pages in length and don’t underline or highlight any details.
4. Don’t forget to include your name, address, telephone number and email address. However, don’t include your social media contacts, it is unprofessional and unnecessary. Also, don’t include your marital status, age, sex , or health status.
5. Stay honest. Don’t lie on your C.V. and try to keep things positive. Your C.V. is not the place to start ranting about your last job. You don’t need to mention negative experiences like failed exams, you are not lying if the employer has not requested these details.
6. Don’t write ‘C.V.’ or ‘Curriculum Vitae’ on your C.V. – it should be obvious.
7. Don’t include your salary expectations on your C.V.
8. Tailor your C.V. to suit the job you are applying for. Use key words from the job description when talking about your skills.
9. List your employment history and experience using the most recent first. Include the company name, address, your job title and dates of employment. You don’t need to add anything more, nor do you need to list every job you have ever had. Just those relevant to the job you are applying for – so forget that paper-round!
10. Equally, you don’t need to list every hobby you have ever had – just those relevant to the job itself.
11. Keep your sentences short and to the point and avoid clichés like ‘working in a team and on my own,’ use examples instead.
12. Don’t include a photograph of yourself (unless you are going for a modelling jhob), and don’t use graphs or tables on your C.V.
13. Don’t include references – just say that they are available on request.
14. Include your name and email address at the bottom of each page – in case your C.V. gets separated.
15. Finally, check (and recheck) your C.V. Use a spell checker (in UK English, not American English), and get someone to read over it for you too. Mistakes will cost you dearly.
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