Top Tips On Putting Together The Perfect C.V

Creating the perfect CV could mean the difference between falling at the first hurdle in the recruitment process or sailing through to a company’s short list. You only get one chance to make a first impression, or so the saying goes, and provided your CV hits the right notes first time round, you can be assured of leaving a lasting and positive impression on employer’s minds. Here are Kennedy Pearce’s top tips for creating the perfect CV.

Structure your CV to show career development

Your CV should be structured chronologically, starting with your current employer. To demonstrate how your career has developed you may want to include a brief summary at the start of your CV, as well detailing the skills you gained in each role and how these built upon the skills from your previous role. As an example you may have had a basic command of marketing in your first role, which was enhanced by your use of social media in your subsequent role.

Highlight your achievements

Businesses may receive dozens, if not hundreds of applications for a single vacancy. Employers may only have time to give your CV a quick scan before deciding which candidates will go through to the final stages, so it’s crucial that your key career achievements feature clearly on your CV and aren’t buried amongst other details. Adding a bullet pointed, ‘career highlights’ section to the top of your CV, listing any awards or promotions you have gained, or any sales or projects where you have played a pivotal role, will help focus an employer’s attention on your unique selling points.

Create a concise and punchy CV

Ideally, your CV should be no more than two pages long and shouldn’t include any complex jargon, unless it is relevant to the role. Use bullet points and sub-headings to break up the text and ensure that all key information including qualifications and IT proficiency are towards the top of your CV.

While the language used on your CV should be formal in general, you still want to ensure that your employment history makes for easy and interesting reading. Sending your CV to a recruitment consultant, so that they can cast a professional eye over your application, should also help to iron out any problems before you begin applying for roles.

Tailor your CV to individual roles

Even if you are applying for similar roles at a variety of companies in the same industry, it is crucial that you don’t send out the same generic CV. Carry out research on individual business and identify their mission statement, niche and the key sectors they work within, and ensure that these areas are reflected in some way on your CV. As an example, if the business is a large multinational firm you may want to highlight any languages you are proficient in, or any deals you have conducted with clients abroad or foreign branches of your current employer.

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