Tips for CV Writing

Your CV will be one of the most important documents you ever send to an employer, it can make or break your career and lead you places to you never thought you could be, but it won’t get you there if it doesn’t show people what you can do.

Drafting your first CV can be a daunting task if you aren’t sure where to start, so we have put together a few helpful hints and tips to make sure that your CV gets you the interview of your dreams.

1. Presentation is key
An employer’s eyeline will always fall the upper middle of the page, this is where you want to include the important information such as key skills and strengths.

2. The Opening Statement
The opening statement to your CV should directly correspond with the job role you are applying for. It should show how your experience and personal qualities directly correlate with the job specifications.

3. Remove Irrelevant Qualifications
Of course, we understand you want to show off that you got an A*/9 in Fashion and Textiles but that isn’t going to help you get a job in Finance and Accounting. Save this qualification to the back of your mind as potential talking point in an interview but remove it from a CV.

4. Short and Sweet
A CV should realistically be no longer than two A4 Pages, if it’s longer there is the risk that the employer will get bored with reading and move onto the next applicant. Keep the information concise and to the point.

5. Check and Check again
The last thing you want is for the employer to be halfway through your CV thinking that it’s the best thing since sliced bread and realising that it is riddled with grammar and spelling mistakes, this will be an instant no from them. Always have someone proofread your CV before sending it to a potential employer.

We hope you have found these helpful and that they help you on your first step to writing the CV that will push you to the next level. We are always available if you want advice or are unsure what your next steps are. Give us a call on 01922 651100.

Good Luck!

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