3 things you must include on your CV
Everyone knows that your CV includes personal details, work experience and qualifications – but does your CV also include these all important sections? If not, you’re likely to be missing out on interviews!
Hobbies and interests
People sometimes leave this section off because they think it isn’t important or looks unprofessional. However, the hobbies and interests section can tip the needle for recruiters who are looking for a good fit for their organisation. The way to make this section work for you is to include activities that recruiters would consider to be desirable. For example, going to the gym or other active pursuits are desirable – because they suggest you’re likely to be a healthy individual. Acting or performing arts are desirable because they suggest you might be a confident and perhaps articulate individual who can work with others.
Conversely, socialialsiing and drinking suggest you might be prone to hangovers on a Monday morning, and ‘music’ ‘cinema’ or other generic activities tell the employer nothing.
So you think it’s obvious to a recruiter from your education or experience that you have a particular skill? It’s not. Recruiters skim through CVs and spend just a few seconds on each one. If they don’t immediately spot the skills they are looking for (i.e. those on the job specification), your CV will end up on the reject pile. List the skills you have, as set out in the specification, and your skill level. If they are looking for a soft skill (such as teamwork or leadership), include evidence on your CV that you have that particular skill. For example, rather than listing ‘Leadership’, you could write “I have proven leadership skills having supervised teams of up to 30 in my current and previous positions.” You can see how an actual example works better than simply saying you have the skill.
An opening statement
Sometimes called an objective or personal statement, it’s your opportunity to grab the recruiter’s attention and keep your CV in their pile of possibilities. The best objective statements will be no longer than 3 lines and will explain:
- Who you are
- What you are looking for
- What you have to offer (in relation to the role)
Here’s an example:
“I am a solicitor with 3 years post qualification experience in private client. I am flexible, having previously managed a busy mix caseload of Wills and conveyancing transactions. I am looking for a position in a mid sized firm with the potential to progress to partner.”