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Two amazing CV tips
If you’re eager to get to the interview stage and prove your worth, you have to write an amazing CV. You could be up against as many as thirty other applicants, all highly skilled. The only way to stand out is to write a CV that catches the employer’s eye.
Here are two amazing CV tips to help your CV stand out, and get you that all important interview…
Highlight relevant work experience
An employer will be keen to read the work experience section of your CV. This is because they are looking for someone who already has the knowledge and the skills they require. If a new hire requires very little training, the employer will save a lot of time and money.
Having relevant work experience also provides a more guarantee for success. The employer can rest a little easier and let the new employee showcase their skills with little support. So the key to writing a fantastic work experience section is to focus upon what matters.
Cut out all the tasks and responsibilities for irrelevant roles. Only go into more detail for roles which will be of interest to the employer. Although this may seem obvious, we still see applications that list an entire career history. Often this will lead to a three or even four page CV, which is a nightmare for an employer. The employer doesn’t want to see a candidate’s entire career history. They want to be able to get straight to the relevant information, and move onto the next CV.
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 just state a few details. You only need to give a brief summary for the less important roles.
Let them know how you performed in those roles; what you achieved, and 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 complete two pages. Even school leavers should be able to adequately complete a CV that contains no waffle, gets straight to the point and stays on track.
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. Remain 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. 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.