A lot has changed about the way we read and process CVs today. If you have been using the same template for years, it might be time for an update!
Here are some points to consider when updating your CV.
Employers might read your CV on a computer, tablet or even on their phone – so is your CV clear, concise and user friendly for any medium? It doesn’t need to have overly fancy graphics as these might get lost or muddled when being opened from different platforms.
No employer has time to read a 10-page CV crammed with text. Keep it concise, with plenty of white space on the sheet so it looks clear and well presented. It is best to keep your CV to no more than 2 pages.
Some companies use tracking systems on CVs, so make sure you are including all the right keywords. These will probably be the sort of words you see on the job adverts you are interested in e.g. “driver’s license.”
Categorise your experience
If you have worked in more than one sector, it might help to use subheadings of sectors to help translate your experience into an easy-to-read format that shows the full spectrum of your work history.
If you have a long employment history, then don’t worry about going back further than the last 10-15 years. Keep the jobs listed relevant to what you are doing now if you need to cut it back.
Objectives are out
We used to be told to write an objective at the top of our CVs, but why? Surely everyone has the same objective of getting a job!
What is far more useful is a professional, well written summary. This is the first section of the CV, so it needs to sum you up in a nutshell. In no more than four sentences let the world know why you are the best person for the job by describing your relevant skills and experience.
Give this section as much effort as possible, and let a friend or family member read it for an objective opinion about how well you are selling yourself!
Skills are in
As we always say, people are more than CVs and more than what they were doing 10 years ago.
Listing your skills is a great way of highlighting your best attributes, away from your employment history. It is also a good way to get those relevant keywords in.
This doesn’t have to be a lengthy section. Just include your top selling points, to reinforce to employers why you are the right person for the job.
Don’t get too personal
When you left school your CV probably told us your date of birth, hobbies, and lots of personal information. CVs in 2021 don’t need to include this much detail. Save the space for selling who you are now!
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