The CV is your gateway to your new role. You may well spend hours crafting the perfect, eye-catching document, but in reality it needs to hit the spot in the first 10 seconds.
Here’s a few tips on how to make that happen:
- Keep it to two sides of A4. A CV should be like a good menu and whet’s the appetite. Be economic but not simplistic.
- Consider your audience. No two jobs are the same, so should your CV be?
- Keep the format simple and easily digestible. Use the same font & colour throughout. Highlight the headings.
- Begin with your name, contact details and a brief summary of your experience (We’ll take it as read that you are a motivated team player who thrives in dynamic environments.)
- List your academics (especially anything relevant to the role you are applying for.)
- List your work experience, most recent first. Again, include info that is going to be relevant to the job you are applying for. Don't forget dates of employment.
- Hobbies: If you really are into Reading, Cooking and going to the theatre, expand on that a little. Include anything else that might make you stand out (I placed someone recently who did historical fencing)
- Get a decent recruiter to fight your corner for you. ;-)