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The CV seems to have been around for ever, in fact Leonardo Da Vinci has been credited with creating the first way back in 1482 (You learn something every day).
Things have advanced since those times and the availability of free apps and editing software means you can get creative with your writing and also the design.
Our consultants have shared their top tips below.
Sell yourself in the initial overview and show what you can offer a potential employer. Make sure you include your key skills, attributes and a brief career overview to draw them in. Remember, just because it’s a CV doesn’t mean you can’t add your personality to it, so get creative.
Adapt your CV to the role you are applying for, so many times we see CV’s which simply have too much irrelevant information on them. You don’t need to include a paper round job you had as a kid so remove things that aren’t relevant. Keep your job history brief but include things like duties, responsibilities and software your proficient in if applicable. Finally, add your education to the mix and voila, you have a CV!
Always keep it simple and concise, make sure you don’t use a font that is difficult to read or a design that confuses, ones that do generally end up in the bin. Try and deliver snippets of information throughout and don’t go over two pages. On average a hiring manager takes 7 seconds to make a decision, so make that time count.
Try and avoid using the same clichés, we’ve all done it and used things like ‘passionate’ and a ‘great team payer’. Instead keep it descriptive and tell us what you do in your role as opposed to using generalised quotes.
Make sure you check over your CV before sending it, even have a trusted friend take a look. This is so important and helps iron out any spelling or grammar issues.
Don’t be afraid to add hobbies and interests, it not only gives an indication of the type of lifestyle you live but is also a good conversation starter. You never know the hiring manager might have the same interests too which gives you some common ground.
Most employers now check social media to try and see what kind of person they might be hiring, would you stand up to that test? Be aware of how your personal brand is being portrayed online.
You can send your finished master pieces over to email@example.com where our consultants will be happy to have look over and make some recommendations if needed.
If you’ve found this article useful there are more helpful hints and tips in our blog section.
If you don’t see a role for you, still send us your CV because new opportunities arise all the time and you might just be what our client is looking for.
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