How to Write a CV for Success in 2019 | 4 Essential Tips
CAREER ADVICE | 5 MIN READ
We reveal how to make your CV in 2019 stand out from the crowd.
Explore leveraging your extra-curricular activity to create real impact.
Find out how to use digital techniques to bring your experience to life.
With the new year mere days away, many will be thinking about the career goals they want to achieve in 2019 - and how they need to get there. With this in mind we share the simple steps to perfect your CV in an increasingly competitive jobs market that will continue to accelerate in 2019.
With an abundance on online resources available to candidates at the touch of a button, the quality of applications has risen dramatically. With so many good CV’s landing on hiring managers desks, employer expectations have risen in along with it. Everything has to be perfect, from the layout and the spacing to the way you present your work experience; – you can’t afford to get anything wrong when faced with so many other candidates who will get it right!
This guide will explain CV writing for 2019 to help you land your dream job.
1. Attention to detail
It’s such an obvious one but still so many CV’s are received with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Get all of the small, but important details right, like the spelling of someone's name. CV’s with spelling mistake will end up in the recycle bin.
In addition to paying attention to spelling and grammatical errors, also remember to review your CV from the readers point of view. Analyse, how easy is my CV to read? Use this 3-step check list to ensure your CV will create the impact it deserves:
- Use bullet points where possible and keep every sentence short and to the point.
- Spacing is crucial when it comes to a long list of job titles and tasks. So, take a step back once you have everything on the page and consider how easy it is to read, try 1.5 or double spacing your sentences to improve readability.
- If you have any doubts ask a friend to check over it for you and have them give you their feedback.
2. Make it social
“Your digital footprint speaks volumes” ~ Bernard Kelvin Clive
Social media is pervasive over all aspects of life. Used correctly, in 2019 social media can play an important and powerful role in getting you your next dream role.
Choosing to include your social handles into your professional profile section, such as LinkedIn and Twitter, can be a really powerful way of showing that you are genuinely interested in your industry. Simple steps, such as engaging with industry groups and commenting on relevant articles, show that you have an active and inquisitive mind. If you are actively involved in your industry on social media, showcasing this can give you a huge competitive advantage over other candidates.
TOP TIP: only use social media on your CV if you are happy with your digital footprint and that it gives a positive and well-rounded impression of you. Don’t direct potential employers to you profiles if you have nothing to offer other than pictures from nights out.
3. Bring it to life - make your experience work for you
A CV written in 2019 needs to go a step further than simply listing your work experience on a page. While experience is important, the more vital thing is showing how useful your experience can be. Follow our top 4 tips to make your experience shine:
- Focus on the most recent and relevant roles: A job you held ten years ago that has little to no relevance to the new role you are applying for should just have a small list of tasks. There is no need to go into any detail for these roles as it will only take up valuable space.
- Make it relevant to the role: Showing how your experience will help to solve problems is a powerful way of illustrating how aligned you are to the role.
- Bring it to life: actively show the employer what you have achieved, include any outstanding results and back it up with stats to showcase how you made an impact during your time. Any internal and external awards will further add weight to your career history.
- Get techy: We live in a digital age, make this work to your advantage. With many fantastic online resources, it’s never been easier to create a portfolio of work using a drag and drop website creator. Not just activity resigned for designers, anyone, from marketeer’s to lawyers, can take advantage of this technology to bring your experience to life in a creative way.
4. Going the extra mile really pays off
Unfortunately, as competition for roles hots up in 2019, sometimes great work experience and achievements might just not be enough to get you over the line. If you really want to make your CV stand out it’s worth considering leveraging any extracurricular activities that can be used to showcase your skills.
Activities like mentoring illustrate that you’re interested in not only bettering yourself but using your expertise to help others. Whilst joining an office sports team or organising team building activities show that you’re an outgoing, team player keen to enhance others work life.
It’s often these activities that differentiate you from another candidate. Utilise your extracurricular experiences to actively demonstrate who you are as a person, both personally and professionally.
In 2019 the most successful CV’s will be free from mistakes, full of detail, relevant experience and relatively short and snappy. Remember, make use of technology where possible and get creative to stand out.