10 point CV checklist for maximum success
There is lots of advice out there about how to write a CV and there will always be a certain element of personal preference involved when managers are reviewing your CV. There are 10 simple things you must do with your CV though to make sure you give yourself the best chance of success;
- Include your contact details. If you don’t want to use your full address, at least include a post code
- Use the same font, font size and bullet point style throughout your CV. Consistency is key
- In the UK, don’t include a photograph
- Proofread your CV, then do it again, then get someone else to read it. Hint – read your CV out-loud, it helps to highlight any areas that don’t flow well
- Don’t include reference details but do include “References provided on request”
- Don’t include personal information such as; NI or passport number, marital status or age
- Keep your CV to 2 – 4 A4 pages whenever possible, play with the margins and font size if needed. Cut out any unnecessary details.
- Make sure that you include all your technical skills – many recruiters and HR departments use keyword search engines to look through candidates
- Don’t include irrelevant experience if it was many years ago; people won’t care if you worked in a supermarket when you were 17 if you have been working for the past 20 years
- Explain any gaps in your employment
The key to a successful CV is one that tells the reader how you are going to fill their need. You don’t want to include buzz words, but practical examples of your skills. The number 1 piece of CV advice however is; Do not lie on your CV!!!!!
Good luck with your job hunt
Victoria Watkins is Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as a Recruitment Consultant for 5 years she moved to Office Management for an IT consultancy 6 years ago. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+
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