8 tips for writing the perfect CV

on 10 June 2015

As recruiters we receive hundreds of CVs every day, some good, some bad and some that are just downright ugly!

It’s difficult nowadays to stand out from the crowd when you’re trying to get the attention of potential employers but there are a few rules that always apply. Today’s top tips are influenced by stats from template.net, they show how to present your CV whether you’re applying directly to an employer or via a recruitment consultant.

What are recruiters looking for?

Overall recruiters are looking for a suitable candidate to add value to their client’s organisation. In our opinion we’re looking for relevant qualifications, skills and experience and an attitude and personality that will fit with the culture of the company we’re recruiting for.

The keywords that stand out on a CV are one’s that relate to the specific role but also some key triggers to show the person has ability, drive and ambition.

For example 44% of hiring managers said they look for the word “leadership” or “management”, 56% said they were looking for “problem solving” skills and keywords, remember, every time an employer is looking to fill a new role, it’s because they have a problem they need you to solve, so this one is key.

Here’s our brief list on the dos and don’ts when it comes to preparing your CV.

  1. Include your contact details on every page, it may seem obvious but you’d be amazed how many times it’s missed.
  2. Have a professional sounding email address, not something to amuse your friends.
  3. Choose a font that is classic, professional and easy to read.
  4. Format your CV so it is easy to follow and highlights your skills and achievements.
  5. Keep your CV up to date and relevant, add the latest projects you’ve been working on, courses you’ve attended or qualifications you’ve gained.
  6. Text only CV’s please, we don’t need to see your photo, we’ve got LinkedIn for that.
  7. Save your CV so it can be read by robots, many job boards search CVs for keywords, you need to ensure yours is findable by recruiters.
  8. Check your spelling, then get someone else to check your spelling, errors are a big no no on your CV.

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