There’s no shortage of CV writing tutorials, we understand that it can be confusing and sometimes you just don’t have time to wade through all of the advice. So we’ve put together a quick top 5 tips on what to include in your CV.
In this blog series, we'd like to offer our support to our candidates. If we haven't been able to help you in finding your ideal job right now we'd like to be able to help you with your job search. So in this blog, we're sharing our top tips for creating your CV - and we've read a lot of CV's between us
1. Profile: simple and to the point
It is important to keep this section brief and to focus on your experience and personality. Using generalised comments such as “I am a hardworking, pro-active, honest person” won’t make you stand out - everybody says that (but you’re not everyone!)
This section is your chance to demonstrate what makes you uniquely suitable for the roles you’re applying for. Try turning the tables, if you were hiring what would you be looking for in that person?
You should always include:
- Skills that are significant to the role you are applying for
- Personality traits that would benefit the job and the company
- Areas or sectors you’ve worked in previously that are similar to the job and/or company
Remember the person hiring may have to read a lot of CV’s. Simple, clear, and to the point. Avoid CV cliché’s and you’ll help yourself to stand out in the crowd.
2. Skills/Expertise: expand but keep it relevant
Do you feel like you have more skills to talk about but you couldn’t get them into your profile? This is the perfect place to put them.
Bullet points are your friend here, list out all of your skills that would perfect for the role. Again keep it relevant and bear in mind the person reading this, it’s a great area to make their life easier.
3. Education/Qualifications – keep it simple
This might feel more significant if you’re looking to get your foot on the career ladder, but it’s important to include this information whatever your level. Reference as a simple, chronological list: what you studied/ training you completed, where, and when.
You don’t need to include all of your GCSE/ O Levels. Keep it concise, for example, Eight GCSE’s inclusive of Maths and English. Those are the two main things people are looking for so make reading your CV simpler where you can.
4. Experience: consistent and mind the gaps
This should be brief and chronological. You don’t need to go in-depth on every project you’ve been involved in or the company you’ve worked for. A good idea is to focus on your last two years or the last five companies, include your other work history but expand on these.
Again make use of bullet points rather than lengthy descriptions.
Highlight the major achievements of your job. Did you complete any internal/external training? Do you have experience using hand scanners? Do you have a fast packing time?
A simple format that will hit all of the bases is:
- Company name (if you used an agency ensure you use the company name, not the agency)
- Job title
- Key duties and projects
Be sure to include any promotions, they’re achievements and companies want to know what you have done successfully.
5. References: show that you’re confident
Don’t be afraid to name people on your CV. Add their job title as well, if you’re not comfortable adding phone numbers just say that you can supply contact details on request.