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Derek Skelton
almost 4 years ago by Eavanne Allen

CV Writing Tips for 2017

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With the New Year quickly approaching, many of us will be taking time to reflect on this past 12 months and think about what we can change in 2017 to improve our work-life balance. 

If you are one of the many people who decide that it is time for a new job, check out our top five tips for CV writing in 2017. 

 

  1. Be creative

    In recent years there has been a rise in candidates taking things to the next level to get noticed by potential employers. Whilst creating your CV in the form of a video game or delicious cake may get you noticed, there are some easier ways to make your CV stand out that may be more appropriate to the industry you are applying for; Simply experimenting with the layout of your CV and adding your personal flair can be enough to get you noticed. Just make sure that it will not be too distracting, inappropriate or difficult to read. 
     
  2. Proofread

    Everyone knows this but as recruiters we can not say it enough. Triple check your CV for errors...and then find someone else to check it. You do not want avoidable errors to hinder your chances before you’ve even got your foot in the door. 
     
  3. Don’t make it too long

    Your CV should be no longer than two A4 pages. Unfortunately in a busy market place, employers don’t have chance to read long CVs no matter how talented you may be. 
     
  4. Tailor each CV

    Every CV should be tailored to the position you are applying for. Choose relevant examples and skills to demonstrate why you’re the best person for the job. 
     
  5. Applying online

    It is unlikely that you will be expected to post a CV to a potential employer. In fact huge numbers of people apply for positions through websites and job boards where they simply have to upload their CV and press the ‘apply’ button. Save your CV with the .PDF extension to ensure it can be opened on any device. PDFs also maintain formatting so you can be sure that employers are seeing your CV as you intended it to look. 

If you would like to receive more hints and tips for your job search, visit our Careers Toolkit or contact one of our Expert recruitment consultants today.