A few tips from our very own expert Kelly Riseam, if you are putting pen to paper and need direction to get started!
Having been a Recruitment Administrator for many years I have seen plenty of CV’s and have become somewhat of an expert on the good… the bad ……….and the ugly. 😊
This may be your only opportunity to show your skill set to your future employer so always take time to create or update your CV. Writing your CV is a positive task and gives you the chance to demonstrate your skills and work experience and show your future employer why they should want to employ you over anyone else.
So, what does make a good CV? Here are some of my TOP TIPS…….
- Now we have all heard of GDPR and being aware of sharing our personal information, so how much do you need to disclose on your CV? You should always put your name, location and telephone number on your CV but for your own data protection, it is best not to include your full address, age, National Insurance or Passport number or any other personal information.
- Start with a short personal profile to give an overview of you as a person, your attributes and any super skills you have.
- List your jobs with the current employer at the top so your most recent role is the first experience a hiring manager reads.
- Use bullet points to showcase your skills and achievements for each job or it can be difficult for an employer to read, do not cut and paste your job description, your CV is a personal record of your ability.
- Try not to repeat words or use ‘I did this’ ‘I did that’ so it does not become boring to read.
- Be consistent and have a standard layout, if you do not then your CV can start to look messy and be confusing to read. Have any previous employment written in the past tense.
- Whist demonstrating your skills don’t forget to showcase your achievements as this will show your future employer your passion and tenacity and why you would be a great asset to their company.
- Add your hobbies and interests as employers are keen to understand you as a person.
- Spell and grammar check your CV. If you are using new words it is wise to double check in a dictionary before adding it to your CV. Watch out for American spelt words – such as Organization / Organisation. Again, if you are unsure, check a dictionary before using.
- Proofread your CV or ideally ask a friend to check it honestly.
Remember to always use factual information and be 100% truthful of what you did/do in previous roles. You could easily be caught out and you may find yourself struggling to do a job you are not qualified to do or being dismissed as you are unable to perform.
Good luck writing your CV! If you need any help please contact us at Oyster Recruitment.
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