Have your CV checked and triple checked
Another pair of eyes checking your CV is essential if you want to ensure it is not only free of mistakes, but is also of the highest quality. There are too many features to check over when it comes to CV proofreading for just one person to be certain it is 100% guaranteed to represent you in the best possible way.
Hiring managers are inundated with hundreds of applications and don’t have time for mistakes, no matter how big or small. Whether it’s formatting, structure, spelling and grammer – everything needs to be perfect.
Find a professional/manager
One of the first questions you’d ask yourself when wanting someone to proofread your CV is who? There are lots of services online that offer what you are looking for, but can sometimes be expensive and not always guaranteed to be the best way of having your CV checked.
Ideally you want to find a professional or manager that you can speak with one to one to get this all important valuable feedback. This would be someone who has extensive experience in reading CV’s during a hiring process as well as a manager who works or has worked in the same role/industry as you are applying for.
What should I ask them to check
Your chosen proofreader should check absolutely everything to ensure nothing is missed. Here is the list of things to check –
CV template chosen
Quality of information
Focus – any irrelevant information?
Do I have to take their advice
If you are really happy with the person you have chosen then it would be silly to ignore their advice. However, it is your CV after all and the final decision is always yours and yours alone.
You may find that you don’t take onboard feedback in regards to font or page layout if it comes down to personal choice, but in regards to the quality of your CV and the feedback you’ve been given, you really should take onboard the advice and implement the changes.
Check and triple check
Ask your proofreader if they are happy to re-check your CV once you’ve made the advised changes. There could still be errors that you’ve missed, or possibly something you’ve not added that was advised. Creating a CV is an extremely complex and difficult task, and not something that should be rushed.
Don’t be afraid to go back and have your CV checked a few times after each change just to make sure you have met the advice given by the professional.