We get this question asked to us a lot on our socials, and although the way you write out your CV varies depending on the individual and the position, this post will outline what our consultants look for the most often.
The first thing our consultants will see when they open up your CV is the overall formatting and presentation. In order to have this look attractive to our consultants, you should ensure you use a standard font, at a friendly size. Additionally, using bullet points, short sentences and clearly defining your headings will make the consultants eye flow easily through your CV; picking up the main points with ease. You can get more specifics from our last blog post here https://bit.ly/33SAqUj
Our clients will often outline very specific requirements they are looking for which are listed in the job description on our job board. Hence, you cannot have one CV that you use to apply for all the job positions you believe you qualify for on our job board. Instead, ensure that your personal summary, experience and skills are tailored depending on the job description of the role you are applying for.
Large gaps in your CV will stand out to our consultants. You can be sure that our consultants will give you a call to iron this out before inviting you for an interview. Hence, it is best to outline the reason for the gap in your CV or cover letter although this is up to you. Read this blog we have posted in the past on how to explain employment gaps in your resume for more details https://bit.ly/2WLZBoo
Your CV should always be kept up to date. In fact, a helpful tip would be that whether you’re looking for a job or not, every time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that could be important.
- Keep it Simple
Your CV should not be longer than 2 pages long. Your personal summary should not tell your life’s story but rather be a short description of who you are. Additionally, the descriptions under your job experience titles should also be short and precise. Don’t worry, during the interview, you will get a chance to outline all the details.
When our consultants have a number of CVs to go through, numbers and bullet points help the consultant go through your CV faster and learn more about you. Hence, backing up your achievements with numbers it makes selling yourself much easier. When writing your work history, don’t just say that you increased sales; tell them you increased sales by 70% over a six month period.
Our consultants have an eye for detail, and they will notice any spelling errors or grammar mistakes in your CV. If you’re unsure about something, you can always confirm with google, use a spellchecker or ask someone else to double-check what you’ve written.
For more tips on writing out your CV, check out https://bit.ly/3hollAh on “11 MUST HAVE tips for your RESUME!” and https://bit.ly/33SAqUj on “How to make your RESUME ATS compliant!”. Follow us on our socials on Instagram @Summit_Recruitment_Search, Facebook @Summit Recruitment & Search Ltd, Twitter @SummitRecruitke and LinkedIn @Summit Recruitment & Search where you can ask us