Here are five tips to keep in mind when writing your CV that will wow your potential employer and get you that foot in the door.
Although it might be tempting to list every relevant work experience you’ve had to make yourself look like a better, and more well-rounded, candidate, the general rule of thumb is that your CV should not go past 3 to 4 pages – maximum! Ideally, you opt for shorter, and if you can fit all your experiences and qualifications in one page, even better! Employers who are fielding applications for a role are unlikely to read all 3 to 4 pages of your application and might even decide not to pursue your application further if it’s hard for them to find what they’re looking for.
We all have those experiences that always go on our CV, no matter how many years it has been since we’ve worked in that field; in theory, they’re experiences that gave us some very important skills and therefore it’s logical that they should have a place on your CV, right?
The answer is a little bit more complicated than that. Although that summer internship did give you skills you desperately needed at the time, keep in mind the role that you’re applying for. Unfortunately, if the job that you’re applying for doesn’t have anything to do with your internship, you should probably leave it off. Only put roles on your CV that will actually give you an advantage above other professionals vying for the same role.
We’ve all heard the advice that one CV is enough for applying to any job you desire, and for the most part, it’s true, if you’re only applying for jobs within a particular sector or industry.
However, you should have a CV that is tailored to each and every job application you make. Having a one-size-fits-all CV is going to limit your opportunities to really stand out against the competition, so for your benefit, make sure that every CV you send out has been thoroughly researched and refined to make your experiences for that role stand out.
It goes without saying, but don’t remove any experiences that you are no longer proud of or were too short. The world has become increasingly more transparent, especially when it comes to job hunting, and it’s not a good look to start your new career with omitting an experience that your employer could easily find out about.
You’ve refined your CV. You’ve edited your experiences. You’ve brought it all down to one short, sharp page, and you send it in feeling confident that you’ve done your best – only to realise, as soon as the email sends, that you’ve misspelled a crucial company name and that you’ve given the wrong contact information.
It happens, but try to not let it happen to you. Following up your freshly-sent CV with an apology email – before your employer has had a chance to get to know you – is going to give them an impression of you that could damage your chances.
Spellcheck before you send your CV, and make sure your email is correct. You can never be too careful.
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