Before I start this blog, I want to let you into a secret, there isn’t a perfect way to write a CV in fact different companies like different things from a CV. However there are certain elements in a CV, which could catch the attention of an employer, and help you to get that interview you want.
Layout and structure
Layout will be different on every persons CV, it is important to remember when writing a CV that your layout is very clear and concise. As it only takes employers a short amount of time to look at your CV and decide if you are the one for the job.
- Personal statement- A short introduction about yourself and why you feel you would be good for the job.
- Home address
- Email address- Make sure that your email is professional.
- Phone number
When adding contact details it is important to include a range, and that they are up to date so that employers can easily get hold of you.
This part of your CV is incredibly important, it is vital that you put your work history in date order, so starting from the last job that you were in or presently in. On each history you need to add the date you started and left, what your job title was and if it is relevant a sentence about what you did in the company.
This part is based primarily on the job that you applying for you need to think about the skills the job wants, so look over the job advert, and then think about what skills you have that maybe useful to this. You can even add a sentence to back up
Your education and qualifications may not be directly related to the job you’re applying for, but they’re still important achievements that any employer will want to see. Like your work
It is also important to include interesting hobbies in your CV this will make you seem like an eventful person. However make sure that your hobbies are interesting as it shows that you are a well-rounded person. They don’t necessary need to be relevant to the job you are applying for but this helps if they do. Do not put socialising, going to the cinema as although this may be true they won’t be able to add value you to your application.
Make sure that your CV is not too long as employers only have a certain amount of time dedicated to looking through CV’s and finding the right candidate.
There’s no room for bad spelling mistakes and punctuation in either your cover letter on your CV. Keep sentences short to avoid confused punctuation and, if you can give it to a friend to check it over. Check the spelling before you send your CV off.