When it comes to applying for a placement, your CV is that first impression of yourself given to employers so you have to make it memorable. So how do you ensure your CV is picked over the hundreds of CV’s they receive?
Here are some useful tips that will help you create a successful CV and secure that dream placement of yours.
Get the key information right
A CV is a personal document to each individual however there are some key areas that everyone should cover in there CV. These include: personal and contact information; education and qualifications; work history and/or experience; relevant skills to the job in question; own interests, achievements or hobbies; and some references.
A successful CV is presented in a way that is easy to read, the last thing you want is for the employer to not want to read your CV because of the structure being messy. All the important information should be presented on the upper middle part of your first page as this is where the recruiter’s eye will naturally fall, after that align to the left and bullet point your information. Do not write war and peace but keep your sentences clear and factual.
Stick to no more than two pages of A4
A good CV is clear, concise and makes every point necessary without waffling. Also, employers receive dozens of CVs all the time so it’s unlikely they will have time to read every word on your CV.
Tailor the CV to the role
When you’ve established what the job entails and how you can match each requirement, create a CV specifically for that role. Create a unique CV for every job you apply for. You don’t have to re-write the whole thing, just adapt the details so they’re relevant.
Highlight your skills
In your CV don’t forget to mention key skills that can help you to stand out from the crowd. These could include: communication skills; computer skills; team working; problem solving or even speaking a foreign language. Give relevant examples of when you demonstrated these skills.
Making the most of interests
Include anything that shows how diverse, interested and skilled you are. This is your chance to show your personality and it balances your CV to make you a rounded candidate.
Making the most of experience
Use assertive and positive language under the work history and experience sections, such as “developed”, “organised” or “achieved”. Try to relate the skills you have learned to the job role you’re applying for.