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What are the top tips to the perfect CV?

Job hunting is hard and daunting and writing your CV can be just as bad. No fear, we want to make this as easy as possible for you. Our recruiting experts have got together and have given us a Top Ten of helpful hints for anyone embarking on their new job hunt…

  1. Using a template can be great as it reminds you which details to include and how to format the text, but don’t forget that other people use these too! So remember to add personality and put your own spin on it!
  2. Be different and stand out from the crowd. Remember, Recruiters and Hiring Managers look at hundreds of CV’s, so make it noticeable and memorable!
  3. Your CV should include a mixture of your skills and experience. It helps to create a good idea of your capabilities when you add examples of your successes stories, achievements, and resolutions.
  4. Use facts and figures, saying you have increased performance is great, but backing it up with a percentage of how much it has been increased by will impress Hiring Managers.
  5. Clear formatting on your CV is fundamental to ensure that the Recruiter or Hiring Manager keeps on reading, you want to keep it simple, easy on the eye but also interesting to look at.
  6. If your CV goes on for more than 2 or 3 pages, this is too long – short and sweet is the way forward! Use key points to attract the recruiters attention, you can always go into more detail during an interview.
  7. If you have been out of work, don’t forget to add this on your CV and what you did in this time – Don’t leave gaps as it will keep us guessing! You may have been on a course, developing your skills or busy with volunteer work, just let us know.
  8. Spell check! Always check for spelling mistakes, also for dates which conflict and any incorrect contact details.
  9. Our Hiring Managers love it when the CV is tailored to the role they are recruiting for, or even better a personalised cover letter. Use the advert and the company website to help you align your skillset to the role which will highlight how your experience will fit in the role and in with our Values.
  10. Keep your CV up to date, especially if you are tailoring your CV to a specific role or company, it won’t look great if you use this to apply for something else! It also looks unprofessional if your CV says you currently employed somewhere, but you have moved to another company. Record important events as and when they happen so you don’t forget.

So, you’ve now seen what makes a good CV and what our top team are looking for, why not drop us a line and search our careers website for our latest vacancies. Find out more:

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