We have a CV to sell ourselves to prospective employers; it is an essential self-marketing tool which should be carefully crafted to give you the best possible chance of getting the job you want.
CV stands for Curriculum Vitae, which translates from Latin to ‘Your Story’. This is good to remember
when you get down to writing or updating your current one.
There are so many ways to present your CV in this modern world, it can get a bit overwhelming with what to include.
Each person’s CV will vary depending on experience, personal style, the time spent making it and what they wish to include in its content.
However, each CV should include the following:
-Education and Qualifications and additional training
-Hobbies and Interests
We at Red Recruitment have also devised the table below showing what we think you should and should not include alongside these key pieces of information.
|Keep it simple!||Include a picture of yourself.|
|Make it precise and concise – no waffle!||Include your date of birth.|
|Use bullet points – most employers only skim read CV’s.
|Don’t use anything fancy to try to impress or showcase IT skills. This includes graphics, charts, boxes etc unless you are applying for a creative positions, such as a graphic designer.|
|Include hobbies and interests – this shows what kind of person you are and shows the personality in the CV.
|Don’t make it more than two pages long unless you are applying for a role which justifies it (e.g. a doctor) – your information should only be brief summaries.|
|Put on your achievements – this highlights what you have achieved and what you are capable of in a positive manner.
|Include references – You can provide these once you have been provided with a job offer.|
|Keep your recent roles brief – the best CV’s should only be around two pages maximum. Keeping your work history brief whilst highlighting the experience gained is key.||Do not include previous salaries – not only can this look pretentious, but can also hinder any salary increases when applying for future jobs.|
|Include a personal summary – again; this is essential by means of an introduction to the reader whilst highlighting your personal attributes.||Don’t include reasons for leaving previous roles|
|Cover your most recent past work history in detail – up to 5 years is sufficient and any prior roles can be a brief summary.||Don’t include other personal information such as national insurance number or marital status. It’s not relevant.|
|Keep a consistent layout i.e. same font and size.||Include the covering letter within the CV – keep this separate.|
|Cover any gaps in your employment history.||Use abbreviations or acronym (unless widely used)|
A few last pieces of advice:
Always remember to do a spell check! Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors can really affect the decision making process of whether or not to give you an interview.
Try to keep up to date. This way it makes it easier when you have to provide a CV at short notice. It also makes it less likely for you to forget experiences, dates and other key points which you may want to include.
Buzzwords are great! Make sure you can use them as often as possible, especially in personal statements. Remember, your CV will be one of many, and no employer will sit down and read every single one in detail if they have 300 on their desk.
By using these tips, you’ll be well on your way to getting the job of your dreams. Good luck!
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Rob Griffiths is the Recruitment Manager at Red Recruitment Solutions Ltd, an independent office recruitment agency in Shrewsbury. The team have experience recruiting staff throughout Shropshire and the...