A New Year and a New CV!
January 6, 2016
As we mentioned in our new year’s blog we have a few pointers for updating your CV. What better time to do it than at the beginning of a New Year! Some professionals are coming up with new and creative ways to sell themselves such as hiring billboards or standing outside work places with sandwich boards. We are not suggesting anything quite so extreme but a revamp of your CV could be enough to make you stand out.
A successful CV is always carefully and clearly presented, and printed on clean, crisp white paper. The layout should always be clear and well- structured and CVs should never be crumpled or folded, so use an A4 envelope to post your applications. They are generally expected to be 2 pages long but can be longer in some cases.
One way of making yours stand out is to show off your IT skills and have your contact details on the left hand side and your profile, skills, experience and interests on the right in bullet point form. Why not show some creativity by adding the logo you use or a splash of colour, it can stop it looking too text heavy and make it stand out from the pile. If you are applying for a position in Europe a passport size photograph is acceptable but is frowned on in the UK and USA as it ay contravene equal opportunities legislation.
What to include
It is not necessary to put your address on your CV – keep your contact information concise and include any online platforms you use professionally, so the employer can see more of your work.
A short and concise paragraph about you as a person. Avoid being sycophantic and using gushing vocabulary.
Skills Employers are looking for what specialist skills you possess, so listing them near the top of the page will show the reader what you can do straightaway. Also, using bullet points will prevent them being lost within a block of text.
Experience Only include relevant experience. Bullet pointing your experience will also keep it clear and avoid your CV looking like big blocks of text.
Always remember the CV hotspot – the upper middle area of the first page is where the recruiter’s eye will naturally fall, so make sure you include your most important information there.
Education Many people place their education first. However, for contractors this is less important than skills and experience, so list this after and make sure you keep it short and snappy.
Interests If you want to include some of your interests, make sure they either relate to your career or are unique. You could also use this space to put skills that may not directly relate to your industry, but are specialist, and awards you’ve won.
Use a confident tone and positive language, sell yourself!
Check thoroughly for correct spelling and grammar – spotting errors is a quick and easy way of weeding out weaker candidates when faced with a mountain of CVs to read
Appeal to your online audience, ensure you have relevant keywords in your CV.