MCL Blog: 7 Steps to a Succesful CV
Elisa Damaliti CertRP MREC, founder of AOG Consultancy has worked in the recruitment, business development and marketing sector for over 10 years.
Here are Elisa’s 7 Steps to a Succesful CV:
- Keep it real: Usually a CV should be no more than two pages – and that’s two pages of A4 paper! Employers spend, on average, just 8 seconds looking at any one CV
- Tailor it: We’ve all done it. Whizzed the same CV out to lots of employers to save time… Stop! Take the time to change your CV for each role that you apply for.
- Include a personal statement: Don’t just assume an employer will see how your experience relates to their job. Instead, use a short personal statement to explain why you are the best person for the job. This should be reflected in your cover letter
- Don’t leave gaps: Employers can be a cynical bunch and leaving obvious gaps on your CV immediately makes employers suspicious – and they won’t give you the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve been out of work it can be a worry but just put a positive spin on it. Did you do a course, volunteer work or develop soft skills such as communication, teamwork or project management? If so, share it!
- The error of your ways: Employers DO look for mistakes on CVs and if they find them, it makes you look really bad. Don’t give employers an excuse to ignore you due to avoidable mistakes. Use grammerly or someone else to double-check what you’ve written.
- Make it keyword friendly: If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site so recruiters can find you, keywords are very important. Job titles and job buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your CV from the pile. Confused? Don’t be. A marketing candidate might mention SEO (Search Engine Optimization), direct marketing and digital marketing among their experience and skills, for example… If you’re not sure, have a search online and see what words are commonly mentioned when you input your job title.
- Make it look good: We live in a world where image is everything, and that also goes for your CV. Take some time to pretty it up… Use bullet points and keep sentences short. Use the graphic design trick of leaving plenty of white space around text and between categories to make the layout easy on the eye.