The Best Advice for Creating Your CV
20th October 2016 Graduate News and Articles
Your CV can always be a difficult thing to get right. You want it to look good and standout, but you don’t want to distract from the content and appear unprofessional. It’s a nightmare. Luckily, we’ve compiled a number of tips that will help you for when you’re creating your CV. You won’t need to throw your one out necessarily, just maybe tweak it a little bit.
This is a fairly straight-forward one, but it is mightily important that you remember it. Your CV shouldn’t take up too much space, and consolidating certain phrases or by shortening certain bits of text you can make a lot of difference. The best thing to do is to think of a better way to say certain things, this will make your CV more concise, easier to read, less of a daunting task for the person reading it and will also show that you’re capable of summarising and not just trying to fill space on your CV.
Try to keep your CV to no more than two pages. If it’s any longer it either looks like you’ve not consolidated (See previous tip), that you’ve got a history of leaving jobs (i.e. You have a number of jobs that you’ve left) or that your font size is too large. You need to remember that anything that takes up more than two pages isn’t likely to get a response because people are less likely to be interested in reading through a huge CV. Also as well, you want your CV to be as short and sweet as possible. Also if your CV is too large a file (If uploading online) then it means you need to chop and change it. This is the same as what can happen if people are writing their UCAS Application as well.
Less is More
Be careful about what jobs you list on your CV. If you work in a sales environment for instance, it is an industry that is quite notorious for a large turnover of staff so you need to think if the job you only had for two weeks for example, is relevant. If you’ve left a number of jobs it can reflect poorly on you and can look as though you don’t stay around for very long so you may want to think about what jobs you’d like to include on your CV before you actually put them on the CV.
Probably the easiest and the most obvious thing that we can say really when it comes to your CV. Every lie gets found out eventually and companies have a way of finding these things out. Don’t say that you were the top seller in your last company if you know full well that you weren’t. The person reading your CV will check it out and it can lead to Apprentice-esque outbursts from your interviewers wondering why you’ve lied to them, these always come out in interviews and if you had a university interview, you’ll be aware just how much fact-checking people can do! Just tell the truth.
Positivity is Key
Don’t ever reflect negatively on your previous experience(s). The person reading your CV would like to see what you learned from your other job, not the negative experiences you had there. It can also look ungrateful, for your time spent there. You have to remain objective, professional and be thankful for the experience that you gained from your time there. Never ever bad-mouth old employers or old experiences, it can look very petty indeed,
Make sure that the presentation of your CV is good. If it is a CV that has been squashed together then it will look like you haven’t made much of an effort. You have to remember that the CV you’re making has to be enticing for the person reading it and has to be easy for them to read once they start. If you haven’t formatted it correctly then it can also look like you haven’t made an effort and it looks like you don’t care about the content of your CV, which is absolutely not the feeling that you want to be giving off.
Make sure that your CV is tailored to the role that you’re applying for. If you’re applying for a sales role then it would be good if the content that you have is more focused on the interest that you have in that job, and then change the content for when you’re applying for a different role. This also shows that you care and maintain the CV well and that will always impress employers.
Font and Size
There isn’t too much to this one other than pick a good font and size. The font you use should be something that is easy to read, something that doesn’t either make all of your words capitals or something that puts your words in cursive as this makes it almost impossible to read your content. Pick a good size too, if your size is too big then it will exceed the page count (which we’ve covered above) and if it’s too small then people can’t read it, we recommend that you take a look at examples online and see what is best for your CV as well.
You’d be surprised just how many people forget their contact information! It’s the most important thing of the whole CV and people forget it so much. The best contact details to have are your name, address, e-mail address, mobile phone number, home telephone number and your postcode. If these are left out then how will your potential employer get in contact with you? How will they know who you are? And more importantly how will they let you know you’ve been successful? Make sure that the information is all there and is available for people to see.
So there you have it! The best tips for writing your CV. Make sure you consolidate, keep your CV on two pages, tailor your CV around the job you’re applying for, think about what you’re listing, don’t lie on your CV, be positive, work on the presentation, pick a good size and font and most importantly of all, make sure that your contact details are on there!
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Thanks for reading and good luck!