The aim of your CV is to entice an employer to want to know more about you resulting in you being invited in for an interview. We have provided some top tips to help you on your way.
The basics – you should provide your name, contact information, personal profile, education/qualifications, work experience or history, hobbies, references, additional information (could include voluntary work etc.,)
Keep it short two pages max – employers are busy people, they may only spend a matter of seconds looking at each CV meaning yours needs to be short sharp and punchy to make maximum impact
Easy to read – think of a simple clean layout to make it easy for employers to find the information they are looking for, bullet points always work well
Personal profile – use as a “banner” to promote yourself to an employer, tell them what job you want to do and why you are the best person to do it.
Make it relevant - tailor your CV to each job you apply for, it’s no good using a retail focused CV for a job in Warehouse, employers appreciate your efforts
Keep it real – always tell the truth on your CV, if you choose to lie you may experience a very awkward job interview, even worse, lose your job later down the line
Watch those mistakes – ensure your phone number and email address are current, check spelling and grammar, watch out for those gaps in your dates, these small errors can cost you the interview
Keep it up to date – it’s easy to forget what you have done in previous jobs, always best to keep your CV up to date as you go this includes removing non relevant information as well as adding new
References available upon request - Ideally you should provide two references who can vouch for your skills / experience and or your character e.g. previous employer, teacher, tutor etc., you don’t need to show details on CV, handy to have them at the ready
Cover Letter – most employers will expect to see a cover letter which gives you the opportunity to add your personality and ambition for working with their company.