You may be thinking that there are a huge number of aspects and pointers to bear in mind when writing your CV, but we've listed a number of key factors, based on importance!
1. Up to date, correct contact details.
- Make sure you include up to date, working contact details. The more detail you include, the greater number of ways you could be contacted by our future employer! Look to include your email address, contact number and area of residence as a pure minimum. Additional contact numbers, portfolios (where applicable), Skype, additional email addresses are always a bonus!
2. Chronological Order
- This may seem obvious, but it's critical. Recruiters, on average will spend circa 10 seconds reviewing each CV, meaning you'll have to ensure that your most current, up to date experience is listed right at the forefront of the page. This'll act as the 'hook' for Recruiters to ensure they continue to read through your list of skills and experience.
- It's important to include information about where the potential employer can find Referees for your previous work. This not only shows organisation from you, but shows that you have left previous employment on good terms, and have people to vouch for your success to date.
4. Explain Gaps in Employment
- It's a well known fact that Recruiters may discard a CV based on a lack of detail surrounding a gap in a CV. A simple explanation that offers detail into why you were unable to work over a certain period shows the Recruiter that you're understanding of the process the Recruiter/Employer goes through, and offers an answer to an outstanding question. Whether you've been travelling the world, tending to family duties or simply took a sabbatical, an explanation always helps paint the picture!
5. Avoid Buzzwords!
- If you were to ask a Recruiter what the most commonly used phrases and words are on most CV's, the answers will be 'Able to work both independently and part of a team' or 'hard working' or 'dedicated'. In truth, no-one will openly admit that they're lazy, disloyal and unable to be flexible! Rather than including these terms, try to offer examples of certain skills you've exercised within your previous role; this'll help you to be more visible when Recruiters are searching for candidates.
In a nutshell, write your CV in chronological order, stay away from generic, vague buzzwords and include relevant contact details so that Recruiters are able to easily reach you with relevant opportunities!
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