Writing a good CV can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting. Most employers spend just a few seconds scanning each CV before sticking it in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ pile. Use our advice below to ensure that your CV is one of those that is read.
Keep it simple
A CV should be no more than two pages of A4 paper. Make your CV look interesting to read. Use bullet points and keep sentences short and to the point.
Use a personal statement
Use a short personal statement after your name to explain why you are the best person for the job and summarise your key skills.
Leaving gaps on your CV will make potential employers question your work history so always explain why these gaps occurred. It is important to be honest on your CV, do not lie as you will inevitably be found out and this will have a serious impact on your credibility.
Keep it up to date
Keep your CV up-to-date whether you’re looking for a job or not. Whenever something significant occurs in your career, note it on your CV.
Check spelling and grammar
Ensure your CV has no spelling or grammatical errors by using a spell checker or asking someone else to read through it. Employers DO look for mistakes and if found, they can make you look very unprofessional.
Don’t be shy to shout about your achievements
Your CV should sell you to a potential employer so it is important to include all your achievements – professional or personal. If you have significantly and consistently exceeded targets or won awards etc., note this as it will demonstrate the level of candidate you are.
Make it keyword friendly for job boards
If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site, keywords are very important. Job titles and job buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your CV from the pile. If you’re not sure, have a search online and see what words are commonly mentioned when you input your job title.
Ensure your contact details are on your CV
Make sure you enter at the top of your CV a telephone number to be contacted on and an email address. You would be amazed at the amount of people who don’t include these.
Written by Vicky Jones, Montash Head of Marketing & Communications