CV WRITING TIPS
You have minutes, sometimes seconds, to impress a recruiter with your CV. Are you finding it tough to make sure your experience and qualities are jumping off the page? Writing an impressive resume is a challenging task and that’s why we are here to help with your next attempt.
Take a look through some top tips from our Recruiters at Montash to make sure you are reaching the interview stage:
KEEP IT CLEAR & CONCISE
- Write a brief and snappy statement of intent at the top - keep professional, not personal, avoiding the use of, ‘I’.
- Be punchy and to the point. Your CV should be no longer than 2 pages maximum (A4).
- Avoid tables, use bullet points.
- Be real, keep things truthful. Don’t be tempted to embellish - you will get caught out when you are pressed
for further information.
- Be clear about any ‘gaps’ in your career.
- If you have been at your current role for a longer period of time, only include the most significant points and
SHOWCASE YOUR SKILLS
- Show off your achievements. Use numbers where possible. Backing your achievements up with figures and
stats will add credibility.
- Particularly important for those in the tech world - include your Technologies after stating your Education
TAILOR YOUR CV
- It can be obvious to recruiters when you are using the same for each and every role. Study the job spec,
make sure you are displaying the exact skills.
- Are you willing to up and move? Be clear on your location options as it will display how flexible you are.
- Use keywords. Many CVs are now uploaded online. If you are hitting those keywords, you will optimise your
chance of being found via search
- Always check for errors. Proofread it, then proofread it again. Having a CV full of punctuation or grammatical
mistakes will immediately put you at the bottom of the pile.
- Make sure it looks good. Smart formatting and design will make your CV easy on the eye visually.
KEEP YOUR CV UP TO DATE
- Keep your CV up to date, rather than update it at the last minute. If you learn a new skill or work on a new
project, record it.
As a final word of warning, be selective where you place your CV and ensure you don’t devalue your place in the market.