It will come as no mystery to any job hunter that writing the perfect CV takes a lot of time, perseverance, and of course, practice. After going through the process of applying for a position, the last thing you want is your CV sent to the bin for not being clear enough, or being riddled with grammatical errors. Here are a few tips from BBL Manpower to turn this painstaking task into one of exploration and creativity, and ultimately get your CV seen.
1. Exactly what job are you applying for?
In many cases, the one sizes fits all approach to CV writing rarely works. Each job you apply for, should be tailored and tweaked to the requirements of the job specification. Certain skills and experience may be relevant to one job, but not to another.
2. How are you coming across?
When spelling out our skills and experiences, it’s important to always consider how you are coming across and the age old saying “Perception is reality”, what is each statement telling the employer about you? What impact are you making on them? Apart from the content, is there any way you could alter your CV to differ yourself from others and stand out immediately?
3. Get the basics right
An all too common flaw recruiters and hiring managers constantly see is basic information missing or incomplete. Having basic items like contact details, employment dates, accreditation dates, and job titles you have served is pivotal to being able to create a mental picture of who you are. In more technical serving positions, be specific on your technical qualifications e.g. where and when you obtained them. Get these basics wrong and you run a higher risk of your CV hitting the trash pile.
4. What’s relevant?
When confined to a few pages, it’s important to remember to keep everything on the page relevant to the position you are applying for. The employer will be interested in the skills and experience that pertains to the specific job plus anything else that you have done that makes you interesting and unique. The first page of the CV should be the most important and relevant information to the position, this should be the content that you want the employer to see straight away.
5. Spelling and grammar
Recent research has indicated that the top reason a CV is overlooked is because of spelling and grammar mistakes. Having spelling and grammar mistakes often tells the hiring manager or recruiter that you do not pay much attention to detail or that you rush your work or in worse cases you lack basic written communication skills. You can avoid this by viewing your CV off a screen and reading out loud to ensure clarity. Alternatively you can ask a friend/colleague/family member to proof your CV before you send it.