Recruiters and employers are frequently swamped with applications, this can make it difficult for them to review every CV sent in detail. The CVs that are well laid out, easy to read whilst including a good amount of detail will catch their eye.
To ensure that this is your CV, every now and again it will need a good spring clean and make sure you have included the relevant points.
Here are our top tips on how to revitalise your CV:
When de-cluttering your CV you must think about the types of positions you are seeking and identify what is important to Hiring Managers filling those roles.
In today’s economy, it is the candidate with the most relevant skills to the job applied for, who will be asked for an interview. Therefore it is important to make sure these skills stand out and are listed.
- Your experience needs to be list in historical order with the most recent ones first
- Ensure that for all the relevant jobs you highlight your skills, responsibilities, and quantify these with the results you achieved in these roles
- Don’t miss any of your job history out, it might be tempting to do this but recruiters and employers will wonder why there are employment gaps in your work history
- Remember to use buzzwords. Buzzwords are the skills and techniques in which you have experience. The employer will often scan a CV looking for buzzwords that match their job description
- De-clutter by not over-explaining but use bullet points to highlight points
Highlight the qualifications you have, that are most relevant to the job you wish to apply for.
- Highlight your highest qualification first
- Explain the skills gained from this which are relevant to the applied for job
- If you have a degree, then it is not necessary to go into great depth about your GSCES. Maybe just have a line for your GCSE’s but still include them
- Explain the projects and assignments, do not forget to add buzzwords (techniques and skills used)
Training courses, other membership qualifications and attended events can be more important than your formal qualifications.
- Make sure these can be seen clearly and concisely
- Use bullet points to make it easy for the reader
- Again don’t forget to use buzzwords
At least 50% of the impact of your CV derives from design and layout. If it is hard to read or old fashioned it will be discarded before the reader knows how qualified you are.
- Ensure the font is contemporary – no wacky fonts
- Use bold and underline to highlight the different sections of the CV
- Use size 10, 11 or 12.
- Remove photos if it is a UK application.
- Ask yourself does the layout make it easy to read? Are my skills obvious?
And finally…contact details
It is a common mistake to have incorrect contact details on CVs and also to put the details right at the end of the document so they are hard to find.
- Ensure contact details are correct
- Make sure they are in an obvious location
- Keep contact details brief: name, address, email, contact number
- If you have an updated LinkedIn profile make sure this is on there, and if you have a professional blog, give those details too.
Once you have edited your CV and are happy it, ask a friend who is a good proofreader to give it a quick check over. It is also a good idea to do the 30 second CV test as well.