Your CV is your number one marketing tool when it comes to landing job interviews, so you need to ensure that it stands out from the crowd and catches the eye of the employers you are most interested in.
1) Format and structure are crucial:
A busy CV can be off putting and confusing! You need to ensure that recruiters and employers can navigate your CV easily and pick out the key information that they need. Divide your CV sections clearly with bold headings, use a simple font and break up text for ease of reading.
2) Make a big impression with your profile:
The profile that you include at the beginning of your CV is crucial as it is the very first thing an employer will read, and it could even be the deciding factor for recruiters when they are rushed for time and scanning through dozens of CVs. Make sure that it is packed with in-demand skills and knowledge. Try to keep it short and sharp to draw readers in and encourage them to read your CV in full.
3) Photo – Yes or No?
Even though you can add a photo, it doesn’t mean that you should. If you decide to put a photo on or are requested to submit a photo your photo should only be of your head, neck, and possibly the top of your shoulders. Avoid wearing a strapless dress, top, or anything else too revealing that will make you appear naked. The key word here is “professional.” Dressing professionally also means avoiding the use of too much makeup or jewelry and distracting hairstyles. Do not include objects, pets, or children. Do not include a dated photo no matter how young and attractive you look. Use a current picture, so people aren’t surprised when they meet you in person.
4) Personal Information
Your name and surname, Contact number, E-mail address, Living location, Optional: Gender and date of birth
5) Career History
Give a breakdown of your employment history, starting with the most recent or present. Include the following information: Employers name, Location where you were based, Employment dates – month and year, Job title. Duties and responsibilities.
6) Academic Qualifications
List your academic qualifications including the dates, locations, colleges or universities and grades.
7) Keep interests relevant:
Interests are an optional section so only include interest that can add value to your job applications.
8) Triple check your CV:
Mistakes in your CV can seriously damage your job-hunting chances, so make sure you thoroughly proof read your CV before sending it out to employers. Spelling and grammar errors can look sloppy.