Top Tips for a Top CV
How do you get your CV to stand out from the others and get an invite to interview? These top tips will tell you all you need to know to ensure yours is the top CV.
This is your personal marketing campaign. Show what you’ve done or have the potential to bring to the table. This is your opportunity to capture the attention of potential employers. Make sure you do this from your opening profile statement – grab their attention right from the start.
POSITIVE AND POWERFUL LANGUAGE ONLY
Don’t underestimate or undervalue your achievements – use strong and powerful language. Don’t just be a suitable candidate, be a strong candidate.
You may also want to read the post – The Best CV Language
KEEP IT RELEVANT
Keep examples relevant to the role you are applying for. Make slight adjustments each time you submit the CV to ensure that it is relevant to the company you are approaching.
AVOID ABBREVIATION AND ACRONYMS
Avoid abbreviations and acronyms unless the person shortlisting is likely to know what they mean. If in doubt write in full.
USE YOUR SPACE AND WORD COUNT WISELY
Avoid stating the obvious it just wastes word space, be cautious of repetition. Use examples to help describe and evidence your skills and experience.
GIVE THE FULL PICTURE
Don’t assume that the person reading will know what a role entails or the level of responsibility you worked at. Make sure you provide a full and clear picture. Don’t forget your transferable skills.
SHARE BUT DON’T OVERSHARE
Explain gaps in employment; keep positive and don’t share information that is not relevant.
What is your USP? (Unique Selling Point) What makes you stand out from other candidates? Does this come across in your C.V?
CREATE THE RIGHT IMPRESSION
What do your skills and hobbies say about you? What characteristics, ethics, morals do they suggest you have?
SUPPORT YOUR STATEMENTS WITH EVIDENCE
Don’t just bullet point it– evidence it. Don’t just say you can; tell them about all the times you did.