5 things your CV is missing
Writing a CV can be a stressful task, essentially it is your way to sell yourself on paper, put yourself in the mind-set that you are writing copy for an advert and you need to sell that product! Of course you need to mention your past experience and education, but you may be missing some of the most important pieces to your curriculum vitae.
Let’s start with the basics…
1. Contact Details
This may sound bonkers to even mention this, however often this is missed off a CV. It is so important to include all contact details – this is so the recruiter can simply get in contact with you. By missing off basic contact details, for example; mobile telephone number and e-mail address, it can prove very difficult to get in contact and arrange those important interviews.
It is also important to mention where you are currently residing – that way a recruiter can review whether a job is suitable for you and whether you can easily commute to a role.
Having a voicemail messaging service set up on your telephone is integral. It is understandable that candidates are not always contactable, however if a recruiter can leave a voicemail you will be able to gather the information you require from this. You can then respond to the recruiter accordingly.
2. Short and Sweet
You will need to make your CV short and sweet, having pages and pages on your CV can get tedious for a recruiter to read. Make your CV clear, snappy and easy to read. Yes, you are selling yourself but this can lead to waffle and can become boring. A personal statement should be no more than a few sentences and should mention your attributes and skills.
Following your personal statement, you should go on to write about your experience. It is tempting to write reels about how you did everything in your previous role – cut these down to concise bullet points. By using bullet points in your CV makes it simple to read and makes the information easier to digest. Ensure that your layout follows suit, if you are using bullet points when writing about your current role, you will then need use bullet points throughout when mentioning previous roles also.
Make sure you are providing dates of employment also, this is so that the recruiter can get an understanding of your previous experience and employment records. It is also a good idea to quantify and use facts about your roles, if you have been a personal assistant to five members of staff, ensure that you mention this rather than just saying you were a personal assistant, or if you were an accountant for fifty clients, mention this, as it shows how large a work load you can deal with.
3. Additional Training
If you have had additional training in any way, make the most of this. If your training has given you a new skill, which is relevant to the role you are applying for, get it on your CV! If you are looking to apply for an office manager role and you are trained in First Aid, ensure you make the most of this and put it on your CV. If you are applying for a field sales role, ensure you mention your full driving license.
If you have completed a secretarial course, you should definitely mention this. Additional training displays the will to learn and further their skill set. If you can speak a foreign language, this can definitely help you in your search, many international companies are in need of fluent foreign language speakers and showing that you have this skill could set you aside from other candidates.
Computer skills are of high importance in modern day business, if you are fluent using Microsoft Office; Excel, Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, can help you tremendously. Diary management is also a key skill which is transferable across different companies and can be extremely beneficial when looking for a new role.
4. Your personality
Be sure to show your personality within your CV. This can be difficult as you are keeping to a two page maximum limit, but by laying out your CV appropriately and carefully using wording and language, you can display your personality to your recruiter. If you are a go getter who loves to negotiate with suppliers and clients, make sure you show this in your curriculum vitae. If you are a team player and work best in a team, make sure you display this information also.
Ooze positivity, write about what you enjoy and what your strengths are. If you have any weaknesses, turn these around to be opportunities for growth in skills. Ensure you are the perfect candidate the recruiter has been praying for, make them thank their lucky stars that you have come to them in need of the perfect new role.
When it comes to your interests, keep this short. It is great to mention interests which may relate to the role. For example, if cooking is an interest of yours, it shows that you are organised and good at time keeping, where if you mention that you enjoy exploring different cultures, it shows that you are open minded and keen to learn.
5. Spelling and grammar
Proof read your CV! This can be forgotten about, spelling and grammar can let you down when applying for a job. It is understandable that when you have worked hard on something, you may not pick up on a mistake after you have looked over it time and time again. Ask a close friend or family member to have a good look over your CV just to ensure that spelling and grammar is on point.
Attention to detail is hugely important when writing your CV – this displays accuracy which you can bring to your role. A recruiter will be put off to see spelling mistakes within your resume and which could mean you lose out on your perfect role. When you are finished writing your CV go through it with a fine tooth comb and pick out any errors you may have looked past previously.
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