Did you know that employers spend on average around 6 seconds scanning a CV before they make an initial ‘fit’ or ‘no fit’ decision.
When an employer asks for a CV, what they want to see is a document that proves why you’re the perfect candidate for the job. They want to see the skills and experience that will make you a better fit on paper for the role than all the other applicants. It is crucial that you read the job description carefully and ensure your CV is tailored accordingly to demonstrate why you are the right fit for the job. However, whatever job you are applying for, there are certain things that should always be included. Read our top tips below…
Get the basics right
A CV should always include the following: personal and contact information; education and qualifications; work history and/or experience; relevant skills to the job you are applying for; achievements or hobbies and finally, references.
Make your CV easy to skim-read
Employers are pushed for time, so they will usually spend a few seconds skimming your CV for must–have terms before they decide to commit to reading it fully. Make your CV extremely easy to read with a simple font and clearly divided sections with headings and bullet points. You should also research the role and hiring company thoroughly and ensure your relevant skills are made prominent at the top of your CV.
Make the most of interests
Under the interests section, highlight the things that show off your skills and that you think the potential employer will be looking for. Make sure you highlight key personal and social interests and anything that shows you can use your own initiative. Include anything that shows how diverse, interested and skilled you are.
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