Following our last article on the importance of a CV, I thought it would be good to follow it up with further useful tips and do’s and don’ts of CV writing. Recruiters go through quite a number of CV’s on a daily basis, so make sure your CV stands out!
So as recruiters – what do we look for, what distinguishes a good CV from a poor one?
- Professionally presented with a specific format that is maintained throughout.
- Focus on achievements and measurable results: NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS!
- Punchy, focused data/facts highlighting your strengths, skills and experience relevant to the needs of the specific position you are applying for – at a glance.
- A clear definition of what you are looking for and proof that you are entitled to aim for it.
- Less is more – information is prioritised and edited in accordance with the needs of the position and if at all possible, not more than 2 pages of A4 in length.
- Listing employment history in reverse chronological order, from the most recent position with employment duration.
- Detailed list of relevant duties/responsibilities/accountabilities.
- Solid references with updated contact information.