Revitalise your CV
Recruiters and employers are frequently swamped with CV’s, so often it’s a relief to read contemporary and concise curriculum vitae’s.
To ensure that this is your CV, every now and again it will need a good spring clean and revitalisation.
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, not those who have had the most jobs.
- Make sure the jobs you have held that are relevant to your ideal job are obvious and near the top of your CV.
- Ensure that for all the relevant jobs you highlight your skills, responsibilities and quantify these with the results you achieved in these roles.
- Remove all old jobs that are no longer relevant to your current job objective, if your work experience is limited, place these lower down the CV.
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
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.
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!
- 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 CV’s 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.