When looking for your next role it’s important to get your CV just right and knowing how to write a CV is the first step. Your CV is the first glimpse that employers will have of you, it’s your first impression and potentially only impression, to stick in their mind. If your CV doesn’t wow, then you may not get an interview and your chance of employment will end there.
Your CV needs to include all the important information about you, including name, contact details, work experience, qualifications, references and skills, as well as anything additional you think helps to sell you as a person. A good length for a CV is around two A4 pages; any more and you’ll have nothing left to talk about at interview and anything less and you may be missing out on vital selling space!
Although your CV should be about you, it’s important that the CV you submit for any role be tweaked depending on your application, for example you may be in a role with lots of duties and variety but now applying for a role that is more specific. If a skill is more important to this new role, make sure it’s included near the top.
There are some great CV templates within Microsoft office or online to use and employers don’t mind what your CV looks like as long as the information is very clear and shows you’ve taken the time to format your details. A role in a creative industry like design may be where you’d want to spend longer thinking about the form your CV will take.
One of the biggest things that can let people down is their qualifications. It can be hard to overcome this on a CV as you only have limited space to sell all your other skills and your personality when an employer can sometimes focus on the education or employment history you may or may not have. A good tip is to take a course to help boost your CV. A day course in customer service or a workshop with the Dr of Happiness will help boost your CV and give you something extra to talk about at interview. If you can’t afford a course before employment you could always mention in your covering letter that you would be willing to study during employment to gain extra qualifications to help them grow their businesses.
Your CV won’t be the only thing that makes your application, you need a concise and well-written covering later to go with it. Keep it to a few paragraphs, one side of A4 and write a bit about yourself making sure you sell your personality. Mention anything extra that wouldn’t usually appear on your CV or things that are very specific about why you’d be good for the role.
Finally, prepare well for your interview – your CV is the first step but your interview and how well you prepare is how you’ll get the YES you need!