Your mission in a nutshell is to persuade the employer:
You can do the job
You will do the job
You’ll fit in
Employers want evidence of what YOU have done. If you have used a skill before, you are more likely to be able to use it again in the job.
This is only half the battle – making your CV clear and easy to read is vital if you want it to make the right kind of impact.
Language and format
- Omit pronouns – I, you, he, she, they and articles – a or the. Saves space and ego
- Balance –Are the long sections the most relevant ones for the job?
- Dates – ensure there are no gaps but don’t worry about day dates – month and year will be fine
- Whilst you do not need to list all your modules, an employer will appreciate a list of relevant modules as this demonstrates an understanding of the requirements of the role
- Prioritise – Check the personal specification
- Achievements – Include anything that was IMPLEMENTED
- Evidence – Think about HOW you are a good communicator and team player. Use examples to show this
- Chance to demonstrate your personality
- Avoid merely listing interests – give details to fill out the picture
- Mention positions of responsibility
- ‘Interests and activities’ can be a useful section if you have limited work experience as it can be used to demonstrate a range of skills e.g. team skills gained through sport, cultural awareness through overseas travel etc.
- Always ask beforehand
- Usually referees should be one employer and one academic. It is useful to indicate the relationship with the referee i.e. ‘employer’, ‘project supervisor’ etc.
The wrong kind of impact
- Too long – more than 2 pages (unless this is an academic or medical CV)
- Disorganised information
- Typing poor or printing unprofessional
- Inclusion of irrelevancies – very out of date awards at school, hobbies
- Spelling and grammatical errors
- Duties rather than achievements
Don’t forget – we can give you feedback on your CV before you submit it! Call 020 7882 8533 to book an appointment.