Okay, so you see other peoples’ CVs day in and day out, but have you given your CV the due care and attention it needs to land your next job?
It’s easy to forget the importance of a first impression. It takes less than a tenth of a second for a person to form an initial impression, getting it right from the start can mean the difference between landing your dream job and falling at the first hurdle. Here’s our Lush Consulting top five tips to ensure you get it right first time:
1. Personal Statement
Keep it idiosyncratic and don’t be scared to inject your personality. Your personal statement should speak about what you have achieved, what you want to achieve and what you stand-out points are. This will be the first thing a hiring manager reads on your CV and it’s crucial you set the right tine and male a good impression. Don’t waffle, but don’t be too brief either. 200 – 250 words is the perfect length to squeeze the information in that you need without rambling.
2. Tailor Your CV
Make it specific for the vacancy you’re applying for. Throughout your job search expect to apply for ten or more positions, but remember no one vacancy is the same – every employer is looking for something different from their competitors – don’t submit an identical CV for every role. Look at the requirements on the job specification and bring to the forefront the experience that matters. If a vacancy requires more emphasis on business development, highlight your BD experience and make it obvious you have the skills that the job requires.
3. No Mistakes
This is really important. Don’t leave any spelling or grammatical errors in the body of your CV or any communication between you and your prospective employer and/or recruitment consultant. Silly mistakes will, at best, make you look tardy or slap-dash, at worst you will look a little stupid. Neither leaves a good impression and mistakes are completely unnecessary when every device you use has a spell check facility.
4. Don’t Lie
It’s stupid and you will get found out. Lying is the quick way to get not to get offered a role or worse, you land the role and get found out and sacked. A lie may add an element to your background that was lacking and get you noticed, but a much better approach is to lead an interesting life that allows you to include interesting activities or experience on your CV. Being naturally interesting means you don’t have to lie about a tedious existence!
5. Make it Look Good
Do not have pictures, colours, multiple and unusual typefaces, or any thing that you think will make your CV stand-out; you know this already. Make your CV readable – use the same typeface throughout, make headlines bold, e.g. “Employment History”, use of bullet points to break-up long paragraphs. Think about the CVs you see on a daily basis – what makes them standout without being garish? Your CV should flow naturally from one section to the next – if you’re not sure you have it right then show it to a trusted friend, or contact any of the team at Lush Consulting who are happy to offer all the advice you need to create the perfect CV.