CV Hints and Tips
The advice given below is intended as assistance to ensure your resume, your work history and achievements are shown in an easily readable and clear format.
Many people use different methods to begin their CV or resume. Below are some ideas you should consider.
Increasing use of data import tools and database technology, job boards and CV databanks means many resumes are scanned for selected keywords initially. Use of relevant keywords is highly recommended as it helps return accurate results to those searching for you. Naturally, there’s a balance to be made. To avoid overuse of keywords, consider adding a keyword section including current and “wanted” job titles at the very end of your resume.
Use bullet points to highlight periods and achievements in your profile and make job / role descriptions read less like an “I did this, did that” narrative.
- Creative, Technically minded, Proven record of production growth.
- Experienced in the technology industry with international companies.
- Key Achievements include – Merging of manual production lines with automated, reducing costs by 25% and increasing production by 40%.
- Excellent, proven communication skills and track record of inspiring, building and leading.
- Nationally mobile within the UK .
- Available within 1 month
Have a Statement – that Sells your Skills, Ability and Experience
Consider having an introductory paragraph on the cover letter or use in conversation with recruiters using the above to introduce you in a short concise manner that gets your achievements, key features and desirability to a new employer across in a short space of time.
This statement should give a clear, honest overview of your experience, achievements and personality in a paragraph. Save the rest for the resume itself.
Always start your resume with the most recent role first and work back. This is the most relevant information, not what you may have done straight after university.
Check that any career breaks or gaps between roles are fully explained. Recruiters and employers take references and this is always checked. Within each job use bullet points to show your achievements reasons for moving and key responsibilities. The usual format is to show the month and year of joining and leaving for each period of employment – e.g. Jan 2002 – Nov 2005
This does not mean 5 pages per company – keep it interesting but concise. Remember, you do not have to give much detailed information regarding a role 12 years ago unless it would support your current application. A brief description about very earlier career roles is normally sufficient.
Whilst memberships, a love of animals or pastimes and the ability to juggle balls like a circus act might have been fun once, you should include only skills that are relevant to your career and the job for which you are applying. Depending on the role, the addition of some sport (team or individual) and achievement statements can be beneficial to give an insight. Keep this short.
Other Things to Consider:
Make your resume interesting – your life and achievements invariably are! Think like the person reading it – Does it make you want to discover more, find a place for these skills and achievements? The aim is not to tell your life story but to Attract attention, arouse Interest, create a Decision and inspire Action
More than 2 or 3 pages is asking a lot from a busy hiring manager’s time and your aim is to maintain their interest until the last word, not just the introduction.
It is best to use Microsoft Word “doc” format as it is compatible with most job boards, database software and recruiters’ / clients own applicant tracking system.
Avoid the use of power point files, coloured fonts, excessive bold / highlighting / italics and overuse of images or logos.
If you do attach a photo make it small i.e. thumbnail size is enough and please smile, after all clients hire happy productive and achieving people.
Spell Check – always do the ABC!!
This can be achieved by using certain emotive, expressive words that encourage the reader’s attention and interest. Here is a selection of words often used to help.
Responsibility, Achieved, Direction, Implemented, Reputation, Adapt, Diversified, Implementation, Adaptable, Delivered, Structured, Ambition, Delegated, Motivation, Strengths, Aptitude, Motivated, Stimulating, Accredited, Effective, Managed, Supervised, Adaptable, Efficient, Success, Adaptability, Exceeded, Negotiated, Succeeded, Advantage, Established, Negotiation, Accomplished, Enthusiasm, Trustworthy, Attribute, Extended Opportunity, Thorough, Attributes, Eliminating, Organised, Transition, Original, Confident, Flexible, Objectives, Versatile, Consolidating, Flexibility, Credited, Formulated, Personality, Credit, Progressive, Controlled, Honest, Consistent, Qualities, Creative, Influence, Consistency, Influential, Reliable, Impact, Directed, Ability,
Have up to date contact data.
Be careful if you are using “funny” personal email addresses, it won’t get you interviews!
If you are sending your CV from work or entering it online, watch for replies!
- No more than three pages, if possible
- Use Arial font and check spelling and grammar
- Keywords & Bullet Points
- Sales Statement – does it excite you?
- Consistent, simple layout
Explain Career gaps / breaks