Building a good and updated CV that gets the right kind of attention is hard work; it requires extreme attention to detail to ensure you list all your skills, experience and key achievements. This is the case whether you are starting from scratch or updating your details. Remember, your CV should display the best, first impression of yourself.
What to include in your CV:
- STAND OUT! Your CV should demonstrate your unique blend of skills, education and detailed experience. Make sure you include a professional photo of yourself, examples of commercial success, problem resolutions or achievements and managerial experience(if applicable).
- Keep it simple and be consistent with your format. Your choice of font and layout are key to making sure a would-be employer carries on reading your CV. Simple formats work best.
- Don‘t be generic – Work out who or which industry sector your CV is destined for and tailor it to highlight the right aspects of your experience for them.
- Check and check again. Avoid errors at all costs. This means spelling mistakes, grammar, dates which conflict with one another and incorrect email address and phone number.
- UPDATE .. UPDATE .. UPDATE – Firing off an old CV will look unprofessional, so make sure that yours is regularly updated.
- Use a template. By following a CV template you are not restricting the way in which you can express yourself, but you will find that your CV becomes easier to read and covers all the most important aspects of your work history.