Back to Basics: CV Tips and Advice
In the second episode of our Back to Basics series, Morson has put together some CV tips and advice to help you create that perfect CV and impress your potential employers.
GET THE BASICS RIGHT
- Personal statement
- Contact information
- Relevant skills
- Work history and/or experience
- Education & Qualifications
- Hobbies & Interests
PRESENTATION IS KEY
First impressions count and how you present your CV is just as important as how you present yourself. Badly formatted CVs with lots of borders or boxes can be distracting. Keep it simple, neat and remember to stick to no more than two pages in length.
TAILOR YOUR CV
Look at your CV, read it thoroughly. What does it say about your relevant experience or skills for this position? It’s important to alter your CV in line with the role that you’re applying for, using the job description and company information as a guide. This enables you to respond directly to the job description and explain exactly why you are the right candidate for the role.
CAREER HISTORY AND REASONS FOR LEAVING
To make the best impact you should always start with your most recent role, and then work backwards chronologically. By taking this approach, you ensure that a potential employer does not mistake your level of experience based on your very first role.
It is important to reflect your reasons for leaving your current role in a positive manner. When a potential employee talks negatively about a past employer, regardless of the circumstances, you risk casting yourself in a negative light. If you are a contractor, then this is your opportunity to detail your contract durations.
SUMMARISE YOUR SKILLS
Including a ‘key skills’ section in your CV to act as a summary is another great way to show that you’re qualified for the job you are applying for. It’s useful to have it near the top of your CV, to show off your most relevant industry experience immediately.