Benchmark Career Advice, advice-centre
In recent years, the role of the traditional CV has undoubtedly evolved. Social media has enabled us to instigate instant connections, and many candidates simply choose to submit a well-written letter as a meant to getting their foot on the first rung of the interview ladder.
There are still many positions however, where a formal CV is required. Whilst a CV alone is unlikely to secure you a job, it can serve as your 'key in the door' to getting the all-important interview.
Make your CV bulletproof
- Keep it short and relevant, no longer than two sides of A4
- Make is easy to read, avoid elaborate typefaces and keep it well spaced
- Stick to the point, use bullet points to help cut out the waffle
- Spell check, check and check again.
- Write a unique CV, specific to the job you are applying for.
- Find out as much as you can about the company, and use this knowledge to tailor your CV accordingly
- If you spent a period of time working for a similar company, detail what you achieved there
- Emphasise any transferable skills you have that maybe attractive to your new company
- Use the same keywords that are used in the advertisement to highlight that you have the relevant skills. This is particularly relevant if the screening is done via computer
- If you have been in regular employment structure it according to your time line
- If you have gaps in your employment history, structure is according to your skills
- Look for hidden skills in seemingly mundane tasks. For example, if you worked in a café, don't focus on mopping floors, highlight instead your customer service expertise, leadership duties and organisation skills.
- Avoid using clichés, instead pinpoint any key skills that make you unique. Anyone can claim to be a 'team player', however, demonstrating how a team that you lead secured a lucrative deal will prove that you are.
- Elaborate positive examples of experience in the area, employers don't have time to read between the lines
- Don't forget that the whole purpose of the CV is to showcase your strengths, and set yourself aside from the competition. Now is not the time to be modest!
5. Make sure you don't fall at the first hurdle
Spell check, check and check again!