How To Write A CV That Will Get You Noticed
When applying for a job, the first step to getting an interview is getting noticed. This means, one of the most important things to focus on during the application process is your CV.
The CV isn’t just a list of your experience and achievements, it needs to be selective and written in a concise and appealing way (and never in Comic Sans).
Always start with a brief explanation of who you are, your skills and your general objectives and goals. This is the first opportunity you have to distinguish yourself from other applicants so make the most of it. Although the tone should be formal, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through as this is what will allow employers to form a better picture of who you are.
Speaking of pictures, it is never a good idea to include a picture unless it is a requirement in the application process. A good employer should never judge your ability to do a job on your appearance in one photo and the inclusion of a photo could unintentionally influence their decision. Ultimately, you should let your experience speak for itself.
Your work experience comes next and it is one of the most important parts. Here, you need to decide what experience is relevant to the position you’re applying for. Be sure to really think about this when selecting what to include as some positions that may not seem relevant could have helped you to develop some of the skills required for the job you are applying for. Try and sum up your role in each position using short sentences or bullet points, this way it can be read quickly and easily. Focus in on the value you added, not just a list of what you did.
Next, your education should be listed in a similar way with bullet points of your subjects and grades achieved. You do not have to list everything, only the most recent and relevant.
You should also always include skills, languages and your interests and activities. These are important as they give your potential employer a complete picture of who you are. They can deduce what you are interested in and what you excel at, meaning they will be able to see if you are a right fit for the company. One thing to always remember, never sell yourself short. Be confident and sure of your skills as this always comes across.
One last thing, always try to keep it to two single-sided A4 pages. If you go over, try your hardest to cut the least relevant information. If you follow this advice, you’re sure to get noticed.