The quality of your CV can mean the difference between being stuck in a role with no prospects or being offered a great new position.
Your CV is still the first thing clients ask for and will be the decider between getting an interview and being left out of the recruitment process.
The CV has been around for hundreds of years, and over time it has changed and evolved with the world of work.
As recruiters, we have seen the evolution of the CV, and today we are sharing some invaluable top tips to ensure you get on the radar of the best employers.
The Purpose of a CV for Employers
Let’s start by thinking about what function your CV serves for employers.
For a start, we should point out that many employers are pushed for time, and they are looking for shortcuts in their recruitment process – they want it spelt out to them that you are the candidate they are looking for.
So to fit this requirement, your CV should be highly tailored to the employer or hiring manager that is looking after the recruitment process.
Aim to find out where possible exactly who to address your CV and cover letter to – this makes it stand out more than letters simply addressed ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ and tailor your CV and cover letter specifically to the company and the role you are applying for.
All too often, candidates send generic CVs or cover letters – these are usually the candidates who don’t get past the first round of the recruitment process.
In today’s competition-led job market, your CV needs to do the following:
Your CV should be a succinct summary of why you are the ideal candidate for this role.
So let’s look at what makes the ideal CV.
Make Sure it’s Relevant
Many people include skills, knowledge and experience on their CV that, although they might be proud of, it is not relevant to this company or role.
Remember the following tips when thinking about what to include in your CV:
Keep your CV short, and to the point. The ideal length is two pages, but it can be longer if you have lots of relevant experience.
The following are what to include in your CV to make sure it ticks all the right boxes.
Sections to Include
Remembering always to keep it relevant and avoid unnecessarily long explanations or details, structure your CV using these sections.
Finally, let’s look at some tips to remember to create an eye-catching CV.
CV Top Tips
Even with the right relevant information, your CV will still need to perform in other ways to catch the attention of the hiring manager.
The following are our top tips to get your CV noticed:
Your Cover Letter
We often get asked whether you should include a cover letter or not – our answer is always yes!
Your cover letter is another opportunity to show you’ve researched the business and made sure that you’re appropriate for the role. Within your cover letter, you can go beyond the skills and education outlined in your CV to show that you are familiar with the company and explain a little more about yourself and why you want to apply for their vacancy.
Your CV is your chance to introduce yourself to a recruitment company or hiring manager in a meaningful way.
If you can show the person looking at your CV that you match the job description as closely as possible, then you’ll get the interview.
For more information on how we can help you craft your CV, as well as find new roles for you to apply to – get in touch with us today.
You can call us on 01403 273370 or send us an email here to discuss your CV and your next career move.