In such a competitive, candidate-driven market place only the best CV’s will be selected to interview for the best opportunities.
If you want to make it to the interview stage then your CV must be professional, relevant and represent you effectively.
It must be concise, easy to read and effectively market all your relevant skills, qualifications and experience for the job role.
In some cases in the interim / temporary market place a good CV can actually secure you the role without an interview!
Research has shown that the average reader will spend only 20 seconds reviewing your CV before making a decision.
In such a competitive, candidate-driven marketplace only the best CVs will be selected to interview. In our opinion there is more than one way to write a good CV but it must fulfil a distinct purpose;
It must get you the interview and prompt the right questions whilst you’re there
If you want to make it to the interview stage then your CV must be impactful as well as being;
- Concise and relevant
- Effective in marketing your skills, qualifications and experience early on
- Structured to promote your strengths
- Tailored for each application
Key Points to consider;
- Length-Keep the CV to 2 pages or a maximum of 3
- Format-Simple A4 portrait document. Use one type face, keeping the page clean and uncluttered
- Work Experience-Use reverse chronological order. An employer will be far more interested in your recent experience, so it is essential that you dedicate more page space to all recent and relevant work history
If you are a recent graduate then your CV will be biased towards your academic achievements and successes outside of the workplace.
What not to include;
- Salary and Reasons For Leaving
- Date of birth or photos
- Your full home address, town and county
View our sample CV Guide