Try and see your CV through the eyes of your desired audience; and prepare the CV accordingly. Ensure it is targeted to the specific job or career area for which you are applying and bring out the relevant skills you have to offer.
- A CV should always be written in the 3rd person, alongside it being the ‘proper’ format, it also helps talk to the reader and bring your experience to life.
- Consider and highlight your key achievements, they can say a lot more about you, your competency level and the way that you approach your work than your duties and responsibilities. Use your key achievements to demonstrate that you are more than a list of duties and responsibilities. What have you been most proud of? How have you developed and been able to demonstrate your competencies?
- Make sure it’s carefully and clearly laid out: logically ordered, easy to read and not cramped. The CV should be informative but concise; accurate in content, spelling and grammar.
- Ultimately, the CV should help you get an interview. Will the reader look at it for longer than 15 seconds? Does it engage? What makes it stand out? Every candidate has strengths – make sure you highlight yours.
- Engage with your recruitment consultant and encourage feedback, enhancing your CV is in both of your interests.
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