Quick Guide To Writing A Proper CV
Any HR recruiter will tell you that in a day, they could be reading hundreds of CVs for just
one position. So how do you make your CV stand out from the rest? How can you get yours
into that ‘Must interview’ pile? In this article, we will provide you with the basic measures
you can take to ensure that your CV has that ‘wow’ factor and is considered a priority. Here’s
your quick guide on how to write a proper CV/resume.
The most important information needed on your entire CV. If your contact details are
nowhere to be found on your document, do not hold your breath waiting for them to hunt
you down if they liked your CV. They’ll simply move onto the next person in the pile. So
many missed opportunities are caused because of silly errors such as this. Your contact
details should be the first thing seen on your CV – right at the top of the page and it should
include the following:
Telephone number (preferably home and mobile)
You do not need to add your date of birth.
You need to show that you are easily contactable as this can imply that you are also
employable. If you are currently a student and you have a term-time and permanent
address. Use the address that is nearest the location of the company you are applying to. For
example, if your term-time address is Manchester, your parent’s address is in Birmingham
and the new job role is in Warwick, you would be best to use your Birmingham address, as it
is the city closest to Warwick. Recruiters are far less likely to call if you live too far away and
they have candidates who are just as experienced and closer.
Read the job description carefully. Look at what they are looking for in terms of desirable
and essential skills from a candidate. Use these in your CV. Match the skills to certain
hobbies, interests work experience you have gained thus far. It’s all relevant if it has a direct
link to what they are looking for. This could even be as simple as specifying what software
you have used to complete coursework at university.
Depending on the length of time that has passed since you graduated from university, and
the amount of work experience you’ve had since then, the general rule is your qualifications
should be on your CV. For recent graduates, most companies will specify in their
job description the minimum grade requirements. Therefore it is imperative that you list
them on you CV and don’t lie! They will be verified if you get through to an interview. Don’t
think you will never get caught – CEO’s have been fired for lying about their qualifications. It
is not necessary to list all of your qualifications – a summary will do just fine, especially for
your GSCE’s where you could have taken anywhere between 7 and 14.
Don’t Use Generic Statements
For example, “I have excellent leadership skills”. Do you know how many candidates throw
such vague statements into their CV or covering letter? No one will believe you unless you
actually support it with evidence. Why do you have excellent leadership skills? How was this
achieved? Give us an example.
If you have received awards for public speaking, is named one of top percentile students due
to gaining the highest grades across all your peers, gained employee of the year in your part-
time work experience, say it loud and say it proud. Recruiters love to read about your
accomplishments as it speaks volumes about your character. So feel free to brag!
CV length & Layout
I’ll say it again; your CV should be two-pages maximum. You need to be skilful at being brief
yet concise. When formatting your CV, unless you’re applying for an actor’s role,
recruiters do not need to see a picture of you. If they request it however, then you can
either insert it into your CV or attach it. Font used should be clear and easy to read, but
there are more options that just Times New Roman. See previous article explaining how
many pages a CV should be for a list of fonts that are favourable.
Follow these simple rules and you will know how to write a proper CV resume.
For more tips on how to write a CV resume, visit our site by just Ctrl + Click on
any of the links.
For you to get started we have provided free CV templates and professional
CV examples which can be downloaded and edited at any time. No sign up