CV writing is a form of marketing or advertising, when the product is you. Your CV is a reflection of yourself, so it’s important that it’s well laid out and looks professional.
Keep it short enough to read quickly and ideally no more than two sides of A4. Keep it punchy, to the point, and save those little details for the interview.
Take the time to change your CV for each role that you apply for. Research the company and use the job advert to work out EXACTLY what skills you should highlight.
Don’t just assume an employer will see how your experience relates to their job. Instead, use a short personal statement to explain why you are the best person for the job. This should be reflected in your cover letter.
Leaving obvious gaps on your CV immediately looks suspicious and you won’t be given the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve been out of work it can be a worry but just put a positive spin on it. Did you do a course, volunteer work or develop soft skills such as communication, teamwork or project management? If so, write about it!
Your CV must be up-to-date. Every time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don't later forget something that could be important.
Mistakes on your CV makes you look really bad. With most employers experiencing massive volumes of applicants right now, giving them the excuse to dismiss your application because of avoidable errors is not going to help you secure an interview.' If you're unsure then use a spellchecker and ask someone else to double-check what you've written.
Blatant lies on your CV can land you in a whole heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking your background and references. The last thing you want is to start work and then lose your new job for lying. You also may get caught out at the interview stage when you suddenly can't answer questions on what you claim to know.
Backing up your achievements with numbers makes selling yourself much easier. When writing your work history, don’t just say that you increased sales; tell them you increased sales by 70% over a six month period.
If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site so recruiters can find you, keywords are very important. Job titles and job buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your CV from the pile. A marketing candidate might mention SEO (Search Engine Optimization), direct marketing and digital marketing among their experience and skills, for example... If you're not sure, have a search online and see what words are commonly mentioned when you input your job title.
Provide a cover letter or email to give "voice" to your CV. Draw out key points to state where there is a good match between what is required of the role and what you have to offer. The content should be brief and structured. Always follow a specific instruction and include any information if it is particularly requested, for example, current salary.
Close your letter with a polite expression of interest in further dialogue with the recruiter.
The consultant who contacts you and leads one or several interviews will be the one who will guide you across the whole process. This consultant has good understanding of the employers' needs, position's requirements and type of profile required.
Once your CV is initially shortlisted the recruitment process starts with a phone interview. During this telephonic interview we will observe in deep your profile and its' suitability with the requirement of the job.
If your profile is matching, we will invite you for with a face to face interview. In most of the cases, with your approval, your previous employers will be called in order to conduct a professional background check.
If you are part of our final selection, the consultant will keep in touch with you during your first working years. If you are not part of our final selection, the consultant will inform you about the employers' decision.
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