1. Choose a clear layout
An employers or agent spend around 20 to 30 seconds scanning through your CV – therefore it needs to be clutter-free and easy to read at a quick glance and power read through. The last thing the reader of your CV wants to do is to go hunting for the information that they are looking for so don’t hide it amongst a few of elaborate graphics or paragraphs of text.
2. Show off how you are a Unique candidate
For every job you apply for you could be fighting against hundreds of other candidates so you need to make sure you stand out and display why you are better than those other numerous candidates. Employers don’t just buy skills that you can offer, they buy and look for the solutions. So you need to show how can you make the company money and how can you resolve the problems that they have.
3. Make your CV tailored to your audience
This could be a very time consuming process to go through your CV each time you apply for a job and edit some details to suit the company your applying for, but making the effort to tailor your CV to suit the requirements of each particular job that you are applying for can greatly increase your chances of securing an interview.
4. Scan and Double Scan for Errors
It’s extremely easy to make mistakes on your CV and it is hard to change the CV and the CV readers views once they receive it. As well as checking your spelling and grammar, make sure your employment dates match up and that you’ve provided the right phone number and email address. Every little detail matters on your CV.
5. Make sure your CV up-to-date
When you put together a CV it’s often difficult remembering the projects you have been involved with and the achievements you have made. To avoid missing important pieces of information out, revisit your CV every month adding anything of importance, this step is vital if you are applying for many jobs or currently looking for work jumping from job to job.
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