What is the 1 thing that will determine if you get shortlisted for an interview or not? YOUR CV. So, it goes without saying that it needs to be impressive. Yours needs to cut through the noise and stand out from the crowd. So how do you go about putting together this winning cv? Follow our top 5 tips on how to put together a winning CV.
1. Spend Some Time Getting It Right
For most people, the thought of having to write a cv isn’t an exciting one. Producing a quality CV takes time so make sure you find the time it deserves. Write some notes on how you want to come across and what is important to you and make sure these are reflected in what your CV shows.
2. Get It in Order
The order we would recommend is:
Personal Details – Name, address, contact details.
Personal Profile – A bit about who you are and what you do well and why you should be considered.
Career Highlights – This could be some of your best months if you are in sales for example or projects you may have took the lead on. This is also a good place to highlight if you have won any awards.
Employment History – Always start with your most recent employment first. Use your employers name, job title and a summary of what your role involved.
Education/Qualifications – This is where you list your school, college, university and work-based qualifications in that order.
Hobbies & Interests – What do you do when you are not at work.
References – Feel free to put “Available on Request” or if your comfortable to put detail this is also good practice.
3. Use Your Personal Profile Wisely
This may be what a potential employer bases a lot of their first impressions on. Keep it brief, no more than 4 or 5 lines of text but it should highlight your qualities and attributes and really sell you as a potential candidate.
4. Highlight Your Successes
After the employer has read how great you are, they will want to see something to back it up. Pull out all you career highlights, imagine this is your “best bits” part.
5. Hobbies and Interests, Get It Right
This part of your CV gives you the chance to inject some of you into a sea of text. It will give the employer an insight of who you are and what makes you tick. There is no right or wrong here so talk about something you are passionate about and who know if the employer has the same passion, you could start that connection before you have even met.
If you need any further support or advice on this, we offer a CV writing service at slice for just £30. Why not get in touch and let us do the hard work for you.