CV Tips and Structure
There are many myths surrounding CVs on how they should look, what information to contain and how long they should be. The following guide is designed to make the most of your experience and display it in the most positive light in order to give you the best chance of your details being seen by the right people and getting an interview with the companies you want to work for.
We won’t be able to send you the relevant jobs if you don’t contain the right information so make sure you contain everything in your professional history.
Large companies like Google have been reported to reject applications that have spelling mistakes so please make spell check a number 1 priority. Also the vast majority of HR and Recruitment teams use keyword searches within their databases to find your details so it’s probably a good idea not to encrypt your document or send it in a picture format as you’ll only be found it that particular recruiter has a super human memory. Here’s some CV tips to get you started:
Start with your most commonly used phone and email details making sure they’re correct. You wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity by failing to enter the correct details
Capture the readers attention with a summary of your experience highlighting any particular knowledge, qualification or expertise in relation to the position you’re applying to. Make this specific to you, what are your strengths?
Education and Skills
Bullet point a list of your highest qualifications by institution, certificates and most importantly all software packages. For some reason a lot of people tend to leave off important computer skills.
Now to the main bulk of your CV. This part should start with your most recent or current job and work backwards including the dates of employment, job title and company name. Underneath the headers detail the projects you worked on, your duties, responsibilities and any skills you learnt, showcase any particular successes along the way
If you’re a designer it’s a great idea to include some images of your very best work to create even more interest. You will be asked for a portfolio at some stage so it’s best to send it with your initial application to save time for the employer and also to get ahead of your competition. Most design based applications
Stick to 2 pages, you won’t have enough space to detail your experience.
Don’t use other peoples work in your portfolio
Highlight words or phrases in your CV
Send multiple documents ie. one for projects, one for duties etc.
WRITE IN CAPITALS – No one needs to shout in the content of a CV.
Write your CV as a story (literally)
If you’re sending a portfolio don’t send large portfolios.
Be truthful – don’t use
If it’s not in your CV as far as the reader is concerned it didn’t happen
Make sure your CV is clearly laid out and doesn’t have any spelling mistakes
For more CV tips or if you’d like help how to write your CV, please take a look at our coaching sessions here
Happy Job Hunting