CV is the most important part of the recruitment process, it provides potential employers with information on who you are and what skills you have, before you even meet. Your CV provides a first impression and creates an outline of your abilities and experience. In a competitive employment market you need to maximize every opportunity to set yourself apart.
- Be positive about your achievements, make it clear why you are the best candidate for the job and try and tailor each CV for each vacancy you apply for. Consider the contents of the advert or role profile and look at how you can demonstrate the required skills on your CV.
- Direction - decide on a job objective that can be summed up on your application in one sentence, this is why you want the job. Remember that a long and protracted statement suggests that you lack clarity and direction.
- Skills matter - draw attention to your skills and strengths as well as your qualifications. You can do this in the professional objectives section of your CV.
- Sell yourself - don't just state what skills you have - but briefly explain why they are beneficial/. However, don't go into excessive detail, remember to be concise.
- Impress an employer - provide examples of how you solved workplace or career problems, and what the results where; innate personality abilities are as important as vocational skills.
- Tell the truth - Ensure the information you provide is accurate and truthful, don't try to cover up any aspects of your career or experience. If you are found out, any exclusion or obvious inaccuracies can have a negative affect on your application. It's not difficult for employers to do background checks and in most organisations this is standard practice.
Outstanding CVs are those that provide concise and tailored information relating to your work experience and educational achievements in direct connection with the post you are applying for