- Your personal details
Make sure to include your name, address, contact number and e-mail.
- Tailor your CV
It is important to tailor your CV to the role you are applying for. It is easy to fall into the trap of creating one general CV and sending it out for various different roles unrelated to each other. You may however have a CV tailored to roles that require similar set of skills. For example, a CV for digital marketing placements, one for accounting placements and one for HR training placements.
- Include Personal Skills Profile
This could include bullet points on your skills and strengths. Make sure to back up your skills and strengths by providing an example of where you showed the skills and strengths that you mentioned.
- Use the right words
Employers tend to skim through CV’s and only look out for certain keywords that match with their job description. If your CV does not include one of these key words it could cost you an interview. This is why it is important to know what you’re applying for and what the role requires.
- Tell the truth
Lying on your CV is a very bad idea. Blatant lies can land you in trouble when employers decide to check your references or conduct a background check on you. You can also easily get caught out at the interview stage when you are unable to answer a question you claim to know in your CV.
- Check for correct spelling and grammar
Survey suggests that three-quarters of employers would be put off a job candidate by poor spelling or grammar. It is crucial to check that you have correctly spelled and use the proper grammar for every word, phrase and sentence.
- Stick to no more than two pages of A4
Keep your CV short, concise, and to the point. Employers don’t want to go through a large amount of text to find relevant information.
- Keep your CV up to date
Always update your CV whether you are searching for a job or not. Whenever something significant occurs in your career or education record it so you don’t miss out something that could be important in your CV.