Jobs don’t always go to the brightest or most experienced person. Employers are only human, and when they get bombarded with a mountain of CVs they often use quickly scan CVs to establish who has the basic requirements and who they need to read in more detail. This can be a huge positive for those who have a well written CV. However, you might be one of the qualified and suitable candidates whose CV isn’t up to date or contains errors or just isn’t written in a digestible way. You may never get the chance to wow them at an interview. The following tips should improve your CV and help separate you from the pack.
Check your CV for errors. This is the most obvious tip, but it’s also the most important. How are you going to impress someone if you can’t spell or use correct grammatical structure?
Don’t be afraid to change your CV to match the job you’re applying for. As stated previously, employers often get bombarded with applications. If they have to search for information on your CV that applies to the job that they’re offering, they can easily become miss crucial information and continue on to other CVs that clearly highlights why that individual is qualified for the job.
Use bullet points. By using bullet points you make it easier for the employer to read. As stated above, the easier it is for the employer to find applicable information, the more likely you will be interviewed.
Be concise. One of the most common errors on CVs isn’t leaving out information, it’s including too much information. Sell yourself using short statements filled with action verbs that show you are competent in your profession. Be sure to use examples of work you have done, achievements and targets hit.
Finally, don’t be afraid to remove items in your CV that don’t apply to your job. It’s wise to show a relatively unbroken chain of employment, but if you’re looking for an executive job and you’re including your employment as a Tesco checkout person, you may consider removing that history. Employers want to see how you meet their job qualifications, not how you spent your summers as a teenager.