Getting Your CV Right

Getting Your CV Right

Most job applicants will not reach interview stage, and will be rejected on the basis of their curriculum vitae. What is contained in these few pages of text is absolutely vital to your chances.

CV ‘do’s – what your CV must include:

  • Stress your personal contribution – don’t just talk about what your team or department achieved – make sure you spell out what your personal contribution was.
  • Ensure you answer the job specification – Usually a job posting will include a number of essential requirements and a number of desirable attributes. Ensure your CV illustrates how you meet each of these. In most cases, you will have the opportunity to write a covering letter to re-iterate your key selling points, but your CV alone should illustrate how you can meet the employer’s requirements. Amend your CV before each application to ensure it is tailored to the role in question.
  • Write a summary section at the top – at the start of your CV, summarise your skills, experience and qualifications in a few sentences – write something that is free from management speak but will grab a recruiter’s attention.

CV ‘don’t’s – what not to put on your CV:

  • Date of birth – applicants should be assessed on their skills, experience and qualifications, not on their age, so don’t put your date of birth on your CV. Including this cannot boost your chances, and depending on the employer’s attitude, it may harm your chances
  • Don’t make it overly long – a recruiter may receive a lot of CVs, and may not have the time to read long documents. Generally speaking, a CV should be as concise as possible, although it must at the same time contain enough detail to illustrate how you meet the requirements of the role.

At Kennedy Pearce we help our candidates through every step of the recruitment process and can offer advice on your CV. Contact us today, our expert team of consultants are looking forward to talking to you.

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