The Good CV Guide...
The CV is the most vital tool available to a job seeker during the employment process, and is essentially a ‘shop window’ into the skills and expertise an individual has to offer their future employer. However, many candidates are missing important details that could be the difference between securing an interview and receiving a rejection letter. According to recent statistics, 70% of job seekers miss vital information from their CVs, and this severely affects their chance of securing their dream job. And with the jobs market even more crowded than ever before, providing a first-class CV is absolutely essential to the success of the candidate.
As part of our dedicated employment service, People Portal, we’re sharing some of our top tips for writing the perfect CV, and the ways you can effectively showcase your skills and suitability to the professional world. Remember, an employer is asking two main questions when reading your CV – ‘Can you do the job you’re applying for? And will you fit into the company?
Presentation |There’s no second chance when it comes to a first impression, so you must ensure your CV is well presented and the layout is professional. Employers don’t have time to read between the lines, so your CV should be concise – no longer than two pages – with the key information legible and coherent
Structure | Your full name and current contact details should be at the head of the page – including address, contact telephone number and email address – a website or visual CV will also add real value to your application
Personal Statement| A personal statement should be short and snappy with an introductory paragraph to highlight your personal qualities and career objectives, and provide the employer with a glimpse of your personal qualities and attributes. Think of it as a chance to sell yourself, and demonstrate why the employer should hire you over the other applicants
Education and Qualifications| A prospective employer only needs to see what is necessary, so start with the most recent. If you have a degree it’s not essential to include your GCSEs or A-Level grades, unless they are a particular selling point. If you have any professional training or qualifications, such as obtaining Chartered status this is also useful to include as it helps set you apart
Employment History | Start with your current position and then work backwards, including start and end dates and the position held. With each role, give a brief description of your duties and responsibilities, and include any notable achievements which exemplify your work ethic or commitment. Employers can be suspicious of gaps on a CV, so explain career breaks, even if you were not working, you may have picked up some useful transferable skills
References and Endorsements | If the application requests references check their details are correct and make sure they’re happy to be contacted. If the application doesn’t request references, end the CV with – ‘references available upon request’, to leave the CV open-ended
Proofing | It is absolutely essential to proofread your CV and, if possible, ask someone else to look over it too. A CV littered with grammatical errors and spelling mistakes is one of the fastest ways to ensure that an employer will reject you. Remember, your CV is your first chance to make an impression with a future employer, so make sure it’s a good one!
Good luck! And if you would like to learn more about the virtual CV service or obtain more information about our People Portal initiative, please call 01952 208200, email email@example.com, or visit www.scocpeopleportal.com.
Good luck! And if you would like to learn more about the virtual CV service or obtain more information about its People Portal initiative, please call 01952 208200, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.scocpeopleportal.com .”