A couple of weeks ago I posted about Where to Start when finding a new job. Now I've given some advice on where to start looking for work, I thought I would impart some wisdom about your CV.
Your CV is so crucial. A good/bad CV can be the difference between you getting a job or not. So here are some rules to go by
Keep it Simple
There's no need for fancy boxes, borders or fonts. All employers are looking for is that you can write a CV, your experience and a little bit about yourself. And keep it brief. If its 7 pages long... it's too long. 2 pages is plenty.
All you need to include is a Personal Profile, Skills Profile, Work History, Education and Training and References. There are lots of CV samples out there on the internet. Either use one of those or create your own.
Keep it Up To Date
Make sure its up to date. Including most recent jobs and most importantly, that all your contact details are up to date. And please make sure your email is professional, this isn't a time for cutesy emails or funny nicknames. If you have to set up a new email specifically for job applications.
Personally I don't feel a picture adds anything to your CV and it won't increase your chances of being hired and it wastes valuable space. If you do insist on putting your photo on there, make sure its a reasonable size. Hiring managers don't want an A4 sized picture of you and for the love of god, please don't use a selfie or snapchat filter.
Make It Relevant
If you're applying for a customer service job, write about all your customer service experience. If you're looking for a job in marketing; make sure you write about how passionate you are for marketing. Tailor your CV to which ever role it is you are applying for. It's not uncommon for people to have one more than one CV.
Spell check your CV, read over it so it makes sense and then get someone else to read over it. Employers genuinely won't invite candidates to interview over a poorly spelt CV. Make sure you get your 'manger' and 'manager' right.
Work History Do's and Dont's
Do- Include your most recent work history (the last 5 years is a general rule)
Do- Include any gaps. If you took time off for any reason more than 3 months, include it on your CV.
Don't- Slate your previous employer in your work history
Do- Add dates including the months to and from you starting at that place of employment
Don't lie- Don't say you can do something you can't. You say you can do
What are your CV writing tips?