Most employer or recruiters admit to taking 30 seconds for less to read a CV
That means that you have to catch their attention and keep it if you want to stand out. Below are some great tips to make the most of you CV.
Make sure that all of your important information at is relevant to the position is easy to find
You don’t want the person reading it to have to search for it, because odds are they won’t. Do not leave out any important information either. It is bad for the information to be hard to find but it is worse if the information is not there at all.
Do not refer to yourself in the first or third person
It is very off putting to read. In the first person you will be referring to yourself as I and you will have to use it a lot. It just takes up a lot of space. In the third person it will sound like you are talking about someone else and you want the recruiter to be thinking of you when they are reading your CV. After all, that is the point of having one in the first place.
Leave out picture, graphic or links
Picture and graphics increase then time that it takes to download your cv and resume. That takes time away from them actually reading your CV. Adding links is not a good idea because they will most likely never be used. If they are taking so little time to go through each person’s CV why would they click on your link?
Always send your CV as a word attachment
If a recruiter or future employer has to convert and image to look at it, they probably won’t.
Make sure that the font you use is simple and easy to read
Using Arial in 10 or 12-point font is a good choice, and Times New Roman in 12 is a good choice. Do not use below 12 if you are using Times New Roman because the words will be small and very hard to read. You should use the same font but in a bigger size for the title of your CV.
Do not put misleading or false information onto your CV
This includes inaccurate dates, inflated or false job titles, unfinished degrees. Most employers do some research on you before they decide to hire you. They will find out if the information is misleading or a straight out lie. Be honest and upfront. If you don’t lie, then you don’t have to try to remember what you told to whom. It works in all aspects of life and it is no different in the working world. You want to seem trustworthy and dependable.
Do not share information on your CV if it does not relate to the position you are applying for
Unnecessary information just takes up space that you could have used for something that might have helped you get the position.
You should not to apply for jobs that you are obviously not qualified for
If a recruiter looks at your CV and resume and can see that you are clearly not qualified, it will probably make them mad at you for wasting their time. If you are going to apply for jobs that you are not qualified for, make sure to add somewhere in your cover letter that you do not have all of the qualification they are looking for. It is a great idea to ask them to keep you in mind for future positions that you may be qualified for.
Keep your CV under two pages
You can do this by only adding current and relevant information. One or two pages is what is expected by most recruiter when they receive a CV. If it is longer than that, they will not waste their time. If they are taking less than 30 second to review each CV and yours is very long, they will not see all of the things that they need to see. You probably have things that can be removed so that you can showcase your skills and achievements is a smaller amount of space.
Do not have long paragraphs in your CV
If it looks like a novel, they are not going to read it. Keep it short and don’t be afraid to paraphrase. Use bullets and remember to use the white space to guide the reader. You want it to be appealing to the eye and very easy for the reader to pick out key points that you want them to notice. This is especially important for skill or experience related to the position you are applying for.
Always provide dates and make sure they are accurate
If you leave out dates of employment or schooling, they may start to think that you are trying to hide something or that you did not even take the time to look over your CV after you typed it up. Both of these thing look very bad on you.
Add accomplishments to work history
When you are adding your work history, make sure to talk about things that you accomplished or helped accomplish and not just the tasks that were expected of you. This will show a future employer that you care about the work you do and that you will go the extra mile to make a difference.
Check for spelling and grammar errors
The very top thing that you can do to make your CV easy to read and professional, is to check the spelling and punctuation. First use the spelling and grammar check on your computer. After you do that, make sure that you go over the whole thing yourself to check for anything that the computer might not catch. Things like someone’s name or a word that should have a different spelling can slip right through if you are not thorough enough. If you have spelling and punctuation errors in your CV it can cause the recruiter to toss it aside and look for someone else.