When looking for a job, the most important tool at your disposal is a professional CV.
First impressions are everything and, as you won’t be able to charm them with your wit or dazzling smile until you get an interview, it is vital that your CV shows you in the best light and makes employers want to meet you.
If yours isn’t up to standard, it will be put at the bottom of the pile or, worse, thrown away.
Here are some tips to get your CV placed on top of the pile and, ultimately, land your dream job.
Pay attention to detail:
Your CV is the first contact you have with potential employers, and it needs to show that you put care into your work – including your CV itself.
Be sure your CV doesn’t look sloppy or badly put together. Pay attention to grammar and make sure there are no mistakes. If necessary, have friends and family look over your CV just to be sure.
If a CV isn’t written well and is full of errors, many potential employers simply won’t continue reading it.
Cover it well:
A good cover letter is key to gaining the attention of employers. Do some research so you can show them you know who they are and what they are about. And let them know why you are the perfect person for the job.
If you know anyone in the industry you’re applying for, perhaps they can take a look over your CV and cover letter too and let you know what works and doesn’t work for them, and what they would look for.
Be smart about it:
It’s a great idea to have your CV saved digitally so you know where to find it at any given time, rather than hunt for it in old folders or emails.
Keep it short:
Employers could potentially receive hundreds of CVs when advertising a job, but they will only really read a fraction of those. You want them to be able to access the key information quickly. Don’t hide the most important and relevant details among six pages of minor jobs and lengthy explanations.
You should also tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for. You don’t need to include every job you’ve ever had, unless it is relevant.
Now that you know the basics to get your CV up to scratch, it’s time to get out there, put a smile on your face, and charm your future employers. Good luck!