While you should never judge a book by its cover and only give it merit based on the contents of the pages, the same can be said for your CV. Regardless of how you are as person, your CV can make or break your job application.
Below are some of our top tips to ensuring your CV is the best it can be.
This simple step is looked over more than you may think. A CV with mistakes can give an employer the impression that you aren’t careful when it comes to checking work, something they are looking for.
Therefore, don’t forget to re-read your work, use the grammar checker and even get a friend to check your work.
Tailor your CV
Make sure that when you apply for a job, that your CV is specific to the company. For example, if you are applying for a data analysis job highlight the experience you have or certain skills that make you the ideal candidate i.e. meticulous attention to detail
Employers want to know more about you as a person, so remember to list any skills and qualities you think would be applicable. Try and write a short blurb about yourself, followed by a list of succinct points on what responsibilities you have had.
Two pages maximum
Less is really more. With jobs receiving hundreds of applicants, employers don’t have a huge amount of time to sift through lots of information. Condense your skills onto two pages maximum for the best impact. Remember, keep your CV clean and clear.
If you haven’t done it already, set up a LinkedIn page and start engaging with content in your desired field. You can then include a link to your profile for your potential employer to review.