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Top CV tips:
Provide relevant work experience
Following on from the above, it’s important to also look at the relevancy of your work experience very closely to ensure it presents what really matters to the employer. Having a huge list of tasks and responsibilities for a past role that has little to no bearing on what they are looking for is just using up valuable space.
Instead, you should look back over every role and pick out the most relevant, and only go into more detail on those. Keep the tasks and responsibilities to a bare minimum for the other roles and only expand upon what you feel will be of value to a new employer. Let them know how you performed in those roles; what you achieved, any promotions; provide stats and results, and any ideas that increased revenue or saved lots of time.
Your bar-tending work when you were 17 will not likely be of importance if you are now into your tenth year of work experience and have lots of other jobs that provide a better evaluation of your skills.
Keep your CV on point and focused
You should never be in the position of having to pad out your CV to fill up 2 pages, and even school leavers should be able to adequately complete a CV that contains no waffle, gets straight to the point and stays on track.
A CV that hides all the important information within lengthy sentences is going to risk putting the hiring manager off from reading all of it. And in most cases the manager won’t read every word of every CV that’s put in front of them anyway, because they just don’t have the time.
The employer will try to quickly pick out the important details, and this can only be done if you write a CV that’s short and to the point, whilst remaining focused on what they are looking for – don’t write a generic CV and always tailor it to the role!
Using bullet points is a great way to do this as the spacing is easier on the eye than a paragraph, and you can focus on ensuring each point is kept to just one line. Typically this would work well for when you list your tasks in the employment history section, but could also be used for skills and other sections.