CV Guidance for Job Seekers
There are many useful tips and advice available online, and particularly if you are creating your CV for the first time, then you may want to do some research in this area.
We recommended utilising online CV builders such as MyPerfectCV and Reed CV Builder as a good place to start. Your CV is your personal document providing an overview of you, your educational and professional attributes and aspirations. It should be concise, informative and factual and highlight your particular skills and abilities to ideally match the particular employer and job for which you are applying.
While there is no “standard” CV format, most employers will expect and require some key elements in any CV. Recruiters can often be dealing with literally hundreds of CV’s in some cases for the same job; so what will make yours stand out? Spelling and grammatical errors could quickly rule you out so check it thoroughly and then do it again. Your recruitment consultant will be more than happy to cast their professional eye over it, and it would do no harm to let friends and family also give their opinion.
Ideally, no more than would fit on two sheets of paper. Standard typeface with bold subheadings and relevant bullet points. No fancy borders or photos, unless you are in sales, marketing or the creative industry. It is recommended that the following order is used:
1. Contact details
Name, address, telephone number and email address on all numbered pages. (If posting directly online you are advised not to include personal details e.g. address, date or place of birth or marital status).
2. Personal statement
This is your chance to “showcase” your particular skills and abilities, and this section should be changed as required to suit the employer and job being applied for.
3. Key skills
Ideally in bullet point layout, highlighting your particular skills.
4. Employment history
Start with the most recent employment. In each job/position provide dates and bullet points of your responsibilities and achievements.
Again list these with most recent first. Record name of schools/colleges together with relevant dates attended. Provide bullet point list of subjects and grades achieved.
Often viewed as optional. This is an opportunity to demonstrate an insight into your personality. Generalisation’s such as “Reading” will probably do more harm than good. However, if you have little or no Employment History but some fascinating hobby then it may help!
7. And finally . . .
Perhaps one last spell check wouldn’t go amiss.
The Fortyplus CV Guidance for Jobs Seekers
With your CV updated and job applications underway, you might want to check out our Interview Guidance for Job Seekers.
If you’re a candidate looking for your next move, planning a return to work or a change of direction call Hayleigh or Charlotte on 01869 241254, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Submit your CV.