Writing the perfect Curriculum Vitae (CV) can be difficult sometimes. As a job seeker, you want to put forward the very best impression in a way that makes the employer’s decision a simple and easy one, but it’s easier said than done.
However, HR Recruitment has years of experience working with both employers and job seekers. We know exactly what employers are looking for, while also being all too aware of the common difficulties that some job seekers face when creating an effective CV. To that end, we offer all our clients assistance with CV creation across all types of fields and areas.
Here we’re going to go through some pointers that anyone creating a CV will find useful to incorporate into their approach. Let’s begin.
Explore the Employer’s Perspective
It is absolutely critical for a job seeker to fully understand what their potential employer is looking for in an employee. If you don’t know what they are looking for, you can’t possibly create a CV that convinces the potential employer that you are what they have been searching for.
Take a good look at the skills and characteristics mentioned on the employer’s advert, website or job posting, use that as a guide to creating a CV that matches your skills and qualifications with what the employer is looking for.
Facts & Honesty
Your CV should be entirely factual in what it presents, but presented in a positive manner that reflects who you are and what you are capable of.
Put forward your very best in the form of relevant qualifications, past-work roles, achievements, successful projects, and relevant interests and hobbies. Provide these in a simple and easy-to-read format so that the employer can get an idea of your skills and interests even with just a quick glance.
Make sure you’re entirely accurate; interviewers will often refer to your CV during interviews and you don’t want to have to explain away a mistake on there that might affect your impression negatively.
Proofread with Every Edit
Once you’ve created a draft of your CV, proofread it for inconsistences, spelling or grammar errors, sentences that don’t sound quite right, unprofessional language, and irrelevant information. Once you’ve done that, proofread it again, and then continue to do so after every edit. It may also be worth having someone else read it over to provide an alternate perspective.
Also, make sure you use a basic font that is easy to read like Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri; some employers have been known to reject CV’s that don’t adhere to a functional fonts and visuals.
Make Sure They Can Contact You
Your CV is practically useless if the potential employer can’t get a hold of you for setting up any interviews, that’s common sense.
A good practice is to include all of your contact details on every single page of your CV, you never know if your CV will be split up or if part of it could get lost. Having your name, address, phone numbers, email address, and website (if it’s relevant) clear on every page ensures the potential employer can get in touch with you after they’ve been won over by your professionally-crafted CV.
The Perfect CV
There are many, many different factors that come into play when trying to create an effective CV to secure you the job you want. Just a few areas have been covered here, but HR Recruitment offer much more in the way of CV crafting to clients.
Get in touch with HR Recruitment today for professional CV writing advice and support.