There is some many articles about CV advice out there but we wanted to add our little summary to the pile. Your CV is the first thing that people will use to form their initial impression of you. Before even meeting you in person, Recruiters & Hiring Managers are forming their firm impression of you. After reviewing thousands of CVs here are a few things you could consider.
Finally finishing your masterpiece of a CV and setting it in “uneditable PDF Stone” is a great feeling. However, if you are working with a recruitment consultant they may need to make a few professional tweaks to it. Most agencies will remove your contact details from the CV as well as add a coversheet outlining the skills and experience they feel make you the ideal person for the role. They also know how the manager in question likes CVs presented, so they may need to move a few things round to present you in the best possible light. Remember, they are on your side – help them, make things more efficient by sending it in *.doc format. Simples!
This may sound time consuming if you are actively looking for a new role and applying for multiple positions but it is a tried and tested way to get your CV closer to the top of the pile. We mentioned this in our ‘Standout From The Pack’ article and we think it is a top tip. Check out the article for more information and if you have any question give us a call for a chat.
With a combined tenure of 22 years in recruitment we have seen and re-written quite a few CVs in our time. This means we have somewhat of an eye for what works. There are endless articles on CV writing but we have a few basics tips for you. Structure your CV in a way that will grab the attention of the reader instantly. You can do this by ensuring that specific skills that are required for the role are clear right from the get go. When you are describing your different jobs, we tend to advise that you list the Client Name, then Job Title and the Duration (with the month included). This way you are delivering the information quickly, outlining big brands and clients that are in a similar sector will jump out.
Get To The Bullet Points
This kind of follows on from Structure above. When you are describing your previous employment, we suggest that you use bullet points. Short, sharp sentences that quickly give the reader the information that they are looking for. It is also a good idea to have the job description in front of you when you are writing your bullet points. This way you can see what the job requires and you can make sure that you can include all your relevant experience. If the role asks for something very specific; Salesforce, SAP, REACT.JS for example; try and get these in the top three bullets points. This way the reader instantly knows you operate in the right environments and will read on for more details.
If you have any questions or would like help with your CV give us a call!