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CV Writing Tips

It may be that you’re already underway with your new job search, or that you’re just starting to dip a toe in the water. Either way, when the first step on the road to your next opportunity is your CV, you’ll want to make sure it stands out and for all the right reasons.

Here are a few simple but effective ways to ensure that your CV will help you on your way. 

Keeping it real
It’s so important that your CV reflects you and only you; honesty and integrity go hand in hand and would you want to leave yourself open to getting caught out for not telling the truth?  There’s no need to give your whole life story, just to give a concise description of your current and previous positions/contract assignments and the skills and/or methodologies you implemented or adopted in each of those.

So what?
When you read the information on your CV, ask yourself the question “So what?” after each piece of information as in so what does that mean to the person reading it and why would it be beneficial for the role you are applying? If you can’t answer the question then does it need to be included? Where you feel it’s important, also include the answer to highlight your greatness!

Suits you, Sir
Want to give yourself the best possible chance? Then make the effort to tailor your CV so that your skills and experience that are most relevant for a particular role are clear and pointed out. For example, if we tell you that our client is looking for someone that has worked on large-scale complex applications, include some additional information that details the scale or complexity of the application you worked on.

Badges of honour
In addition to your educational achievements, be sure to include details of any relevant vocational training or certification and memberships to relevant professional bodies.  I’m not saying to list everything back to your school swimming award, but it is worthwhile highlighting any professional training or certification that will benefit your prospective employer.

Mind the Gap
Think that the 6-month gap from 5 years ago where you were between positions, travelling or renovating a house doesn’t need to be explained? Think again. It’s better to cover the gap and concisely state what you’ve been up to during that period than to hope no-one will notice it.

Its the little things
Bad grammar or poor spelling to be more precise, has the potential to be seen as plain lazy. If you’ve reached the stage of adult working life, the chances are you are aware if you’re not the best of spellers. Thankfully, in the age of technology there is such a thing as spellcheck. Please use it. In the wider sense, poor spelling can give the impression that you’re just not that bothered (about that company / opportunity / contract assignment).

Easy on the eye
How much more difficult is it to read something when it’s in a complicated format, written in a peculiar font with text or background effects? Ok I’ve gone overboard but you get the point. Clear and concise text with an unfussy layout makes it easy for the reader to identify what they are looking for and it doesn’t give them a headache…always a bonus.

It’s pretty simple, but taking a bit of time to get it right will pay off!

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