We’ve all probably got a version of a CV under our belts already.
However, it’s often really hard to work out what you’re meant to be getting down on this piece of paper that can make the difference between getting a job and not. Here are some of our top tips to make the whole process a lot easier:
Spelling and grammar
Yes, it’s boring and everyone’s told you this before – but small errors could completely ruin your chances of getting that job. Check, check and check again. Don’t forget, we offer this service here at our SPEAK – Languages London language school.
Tailor your CV to the specific job and company you’re applying to. For an example, if it’s a marketing role, emphasise any marketing-related modules you’ve taken to really show off your experience. This is a must!
Keep it simple
Advice varies between having a CV on one or on two sides of A4 – however, whatever you’re aiming for, you should always keep it concise and clear. Bullet points are great for emphasising key skills and subheadings are great to give the document structure.
Include your name, address, phone number and email, as well as your LinkedIn account if you’ve got one. Remember you’re no longer required to disclose your birth date due to age discrimination laws! A photo is not necessary, but we suggest you do. It might land you the extra point!
Achievement over responsibilities
Always emphasise what you contributed and achieved in specific situations –don’t fall into the trap of just rewriting your job description or the activities you took part in.
Include any extra skills you may have learnt over the years such as languages, IT skills or First Aid qualifications; these are what can make you stand out from the competition.
Remember your CV is your chance to show off all the skills and knowledge you’ve developed in your life so far. Don’t be afraid to talk yourself up – but always back up claims with solid evidence.
For more serious roles, at a bank for an example, a well laid out page and a professional front will go a long way. However, if you’re applying for a more arts and design orientated role, an eye-catching design will really help show off your skills and make your CV stand out.
Now take these tips away and apply them to your own CV, you’ll see a huge difference and it will no doubt increase your employability. Good luck!