Writing a CV is a difficult task. You need to summarise why you are the perfect person for the job. Ensure you spend time and take care when writing your curriculum vitae. Understand what you need to write and remember to keep your CV on one or two pages. It can be somewhat tedious reading through an eight page CV. You want to grasp your potential employers attention and make them want to interview you.
Make it clear
Be sure to keep your CV clear. Break it down into sections; personal information and statement, employment history and education. By breaking it down, your employer can easily read through and find the relevant information they may require.
Start with your personal information. At the top of the page, put your name, then you must put contact details. By putting down your e-mail address and contact number, an employer, or an agency can easily contact you in regards to potential job opportunities. If you miss off this critical information, you run the risk of losing out on excellent roles where the agency or employer will struggle to make contact with you.
You will then need to ensure that each job summary is formatted in the same way. Break down your responsibilities into bullet points. This will enable the recruiter to read through your CV easily and get a basic understanding of your experience. Be clear about what you do in each role, and never, ever lie on your CV! This could make your life extremely awkward when questioned in an interview.
Never leave a gap in your CV. If you have taken a career break, be sure to mention this. Inconsistencies with dates will be picked up on by recruiters and may jeopardise your chances of getting an interview.
Proof read your CV. It may sound obvious, but it can be so easy to miss off vital information, or even miss a spelling error. When you have looked at a single document for a long length of time, you could over look mistakes. Ask a close friend or family member to take the time to proof read your curriculum vitae. They may even give you suggestions of other areas you may have missed out from your responsibilities or education.
A photograph is not necessary. Here at Tiger, before passing on a CV to a client for the interviewing stage. We remove all photographs. An employer will be judging you by your experience, not by your face!
Think about the role you are applying for
If you are applying for a PA role, think about the transferable skills you may have in your past experience. If you worked in a restaurant when you were in your teens, the experience may not be relevant to the role you are applying for. Think about how you could show your potential employer that you can walk into a role and have no problems with any task thrown in your direction.
Take a good look over the job advert or description. Think about the areas which you have experience in and feel that you could excel at. Then when writing your CV, relate back to these points. Mention where you have used said skills in a previous role. This will show the employer that you are capable. Try to stay away from writing a generic CV. Try to tailor your CV to the role that you are applying for. Think about where you can highlight your skills within your CV.
If the role you are applying for requires a foreign language speaker. Ensure that you are making it extremely clear what languages you speak, and at what level. Whether you have basic, advanced or even conversational language skills, make sure you make a point of this on your CV. By missing this off, the recruiter may disregard your application as it may appear that you do not have the relevant skills and languages required.
When mentioning your interests outside of the work place. Take the time to think about exactly what you are going to write. Avoid mentioning that you like travelling, some employers may see this as a negative and that you may not want to stay in the role for a long length of time. Equally try to avoid mentioning that you enjoy watching television. This may appear that you are lacking in communicative skills. Think about interests that you may have that could compliment you. For example, taking part in team sport shows that you are work well in a team, you are sociable and that you are active.
Keep updating your CV
Remember to keep your CV up to date. This will make your life a lot easier in the long run. Even when you are not actively looking for a new position, take the time to update your CV. Make a note of your responsibilities in each role. You will then be able to go in at a later date and tailor your CV to the position you are looking to apply for.
Turn negatives into positives. You may mention an area which you find very stressful within your role. When writing about this, turn it around to be a positive. Show that you are keen and willing to work to your best ability to achieve a target or reach a deadline. Do try to avoid negativity within your CV. Your potential employer wants an asset to the team, not a black cloud.
No matter how big or small, ensure you note down your achievements. Some companies have charity schemes in place. This could be helping at a homeless shelter, or even organising a bake sale. Do put achievements like these on your CV. Not only does it show team work put it also shows compassion for others.
If your current job role requires you to work on projects then updating your CV on a regular basis is crucial. You could easily forget elements that you have touched on which you could then use to your advantage when applying for your next position.