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5 steps to a successful CV

1. Presentation is Key

Employers spend approximately 30 seconds scanning your CV before reading the nitty-gritty.  Keep your CV simply structured and clean-looking.  Use a clear, basic font throughout and have a layout that seperates your information into appropriate sections.  This will make your CV easy to read and encourages you to highlight the important points of your past experience.

2. Understand the job description

Ensure you have read the job description thoroughly and take time to read the Employer’s / Recruiter’s ‘ABOUT ME’ page.  This will help you to understand the company and it’s values and will also confirm you are applying for a role suited to your career and experience.  With the area’s where you’re lacking, fill in the blanks by adapting the skills you do have.  This will demonstrate that the skills you do have are transferable within the role you are applying for.

3. Make the most of ‘Experience’

Use positive, assertive language under your Work history and Experience sections, such as  “developed”, “organised” or “achieved”.  Try to relate the skills you have learned to the job role you’re applying for. For example: “The work experience involved working in a team,” or “This position involved planning, organisation and leadership as I was responsible for a team of people”.

4. Tailor your CV to the role

When you’ve established what the job entails and how you can match each requirement, create a CV specifically for that role. Remember, there is no such thing as a generic CV. Every CV you send to a potential employee should be tailored to that role. Create a unique CV for every job you apply for. You don’t have to re-write the whole thing, just adapt the details so they’re relevant.

5. Keep your CV updated

It’s crucial to review your CV on a regular basis and add any new skills or experience that’s missing. For example, if you’ve just done some volunteering or worked on a new project, make sure they’re on there – potential employers are always impressed with candidates who go the extra mile to boost their own skills and experience.

Take a look at freshening up your CV & head on over to our current vacancies, you could be suited to one of our roles!

Article adapted from Katy Cowan – The Guardian – March 2012

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