How to Write a Successful CV

Posted: 11.01.2017
1. Short and snappy! 
Do your best to keep your CV no longer than or as close to 2 pages long. An employer will review your CV for around 8 seconds before making a decision so you need to keep your CV short and to the point.

2. Adapt it
Make sure you take the time to adapt your CV for each role that you submit an application for. Use the job advert to put the EXACT key skills you have which meet the job criteria.

3. Make sure to add a personal statement 
Include a few lines explaining why you are the best person for the job and why they should recruit you. This would be at the top of your CV after details like name, address and contact details.

4. Do you have employment gaps? Explain why
If you have a gap between different employments which you haven't given a reason for employers will be suspicious. Make sure you state the reason why there is a gap there i.e. completing a course, searching for employment, bringing up children etc.

5. Keep it current
Make sure your CV is always kept up to date by including any significant information which happens throughout your career. Keeping record of this means you won't forget to add it later.

6. No room for errors!
If there are mistakes in your CV the employer WILL find them. Spell and grammar checkers are your best friends! You can also ask other people to proof read your CV before you submit it.

7. Speak only the truth
Do not tell any little white lies on your CV, always tell the truth! Not being honest can land you in trouble when it comes to references and background checks. You also wouldn't want to look a fool at interview if you are asked a question you cannot answer.

8. Give statistics
A CV always looks better if you can support your information with statistics. You could outline your sales figures, your attendance etc.

9. Keep it plain, clean and simple 
You might think your CV looks great in a bold red font with your picture at the top, but an employer won't! Keep your CV plain and simple with an easy to read font. Bullet points are also great to use and very to the point.

10. Get keywords in!
When you apply for a job you will most likely be adding your CV to a database for recruiters and employers to search. Keywords and job titles are really important as they will make it easier for people to find your CV for suitable jobs.

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