A CV is a document that promotes your skills and experience to a potential employer. It is a way of attracting your experience to a company and therefore should highlight all your positive attributes. Once invited for an interview, the employer will also use your CV as a pointer for questions during the interview and delving deeper into your work history and experience.
The following points are a guide to help you create a fantastic CV:-
- The layout of a CV should be clear and, definitely not, cluttered
- It MUST be easy to read
- Where possible, aim for it to be maximum 2 pages long. Remember this is a tool to catch the attention of the employer any longer than 2 pages may mean key facts are lost
- As you will be one of many applicants, the employer needs to be able to quickly match applicants skills and experience to the job requirements
- Your CV MUST always be typed. If you do not have access to a PC RAW Recruitment Solutions will happily help you with this
- Do not be tempted to use fancy fonts, it is distracting and can be seen as unprofessional. Always use the more traditional fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman
- Try to avoid complex formatting this can make it difficult to read
- Make sure the information included is factual and to the point
- Use bullet points, this allows the potential employer to mentally tick off the skills they require, in a quick and easy way
- Only use black ink
- SPELL CHECK – this is key, it is unacceptable for there to spelling errors as spelling and grammar checkers are readily available
- Be honest and never fabricate your achievements and experience. You will always be asked to support your CV with facts and figures etc so there is no point being anything but honest.
- Be positive. Your CV is a reflection of you and you want to create a positive impression from the very beginning. You do not need to included reasons for leaving they can be discussed during the interview.
- Personal Information should include Name, Address (or you can just state the town you live in), Telephone Number and Email address. The key to these facts is to triple check they are correct. How can a client notify you of an interview if your contact details are incorrect?!
- Personal Statement should be a paragraph at the top of your CV which promotes additional skills and attributes. Within this paragraph you can promote your approach to work. Always use positive words such as flexible, adaptable, hard-working and self-motivated
- Key Skills should be bullet pointed and include skills and experience you have acquired through work, college, voluntary positions.
- Education and Training. This should include school, college, university and any additional courses completed such as Fork Lift Truck, Management Training, First Aid etc.
- Work History, this is probably the most important section! This should include, where you worked, your job title and details of what duties you conducted on a daily basis.