Writing an impressive CV can be a daunting task in your first-step on your job hunt. It can be difficult to stand out and differentiate yourself from the high volume of applicants applying for a single role. So, how do you improve your chances of your CV being read and considered for a role?
The important stuff
It's easy to get carried away on your CV by trying to make it sound as impressive as possible. However, the employer you are trying to impress wants the details that matter; overloading irrelevant information into your CV will have the opposite effect of impressing the potential employer. Keeping your CV as simple as possible, with all the right information, will ensure all your information is read and most importantly, considered for the role you are applying for.
Keep your CV up-to-date
Inlcuding out-of-date information on your CV is a surefire way to negatively impact your application process. It shows a lack of effort on your part for not putting the most relevant, recent employment history and background in front of the employer. Keep it fresh and up-to-date! They will want to know what you've been doing up to the point of this application, make sure everything is accounted for!
Don't lie, keep it real
It might seem like a good idea to tell a few white lies here and there on your CV, but this is a big no. The moment may come when you are called upon to fulfill or give evidence of something you have lied about on your CV, and when you are unable to show results, your credability will be inevitably damaged. Start as you mean to go on.
Check, check and check again
Spelling errors are an easy mistake, with a big impact on your application process. They show sloppiness and lack of care and attention to detail. Performing a spell-check is quick and can save you the embarassment of simple gramatical mistakes.
If you can be specific as possible, you should. Backing up your experience with dates, backing up your work with specific duties, these factors will improve your chances of heading to the next step in the application process. Your employer will appreciate the detail you've gone into, giving them a better idea of your skillset, and what questions they may need to ask you to guage what type of applicant you are.
Avoid being generic
Knowing what you are applying for will benefit you greatly if you tailor your CV to match the role. Employers will know if your CV or application comes across as generic, and if you've made little effort to make the small changes to fine-tune your application, it can go against you up against other applicants. Making those small changes can have a big effect on your application process, it shows care and detail that you are willing to adapt your CV for their role specifically.
For more information on how to tailor your CV for the perfect role, get in touch with one of our team for a confidential chat.