How to write the perfect CV
Your CV is one of two key documents when you’re applying for any job.
The other is the covering letter you submit to go with it.
And these are vital to making you stand out and enticing an employer to invite you for an interview. Don’t forget there will be dozens, if not hundreds, of others competing for the same role that you have your eye on.
Curriculum Vitae, CV for short, is Latin for “the courses of your life” – but that’s the last thing it should be. A CV is not a recount of all the irrelevant activities you got up to at school, or the Scout or Girl Guide badges you won when you were a child.
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It’s a focused, concise and specific document which should closely match the requirements in the job description, something which employers can quickly scan to make sure that you have the skills and qualifications you need to do the job.
Jobsite has spoken to Leicester-based recruitment agency Barker Ross, whose training manager Julie Measures offered the following tips on how to write the perfect CV.
1. Don’t use a standard template. Many are American in style. You should take time to create your own and keep it updated.
2. Research the job role. Find out as much as you can about the job and the organisation before applying.
3. Adapt your CV. You may need to highlight specific skills which are relevant to the role so that the employer can match your skills and experience.
4. Structure your CV so it is clear. Let the employer pick out the relevant information from clearly divided headings.
5. Make your CV stand out. It should be clear, in font size 10 to 12, with bullet points for ease of reading and on no more than three sides of A4.
6. Use accurate and positive phrases and words. Make the content strong and uplifting, ensuring that it is honest.
7. Sell your skills and achievements. Highlight the ones you are particularly good at and explain how you have used them, with examples.
8. Check your presentation and layout. First impressions count, so make sure spelling, grammar and your contact details are correct. Explain any gaps in your CV.
9. Make sure you get it right. Your CV is a marketing tool for you so you should be happy with it before you send it.
10. Include a covering letter. No matter how your CV is being delivered, it should be accompanied with a succinct, relevant covering letter.