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almost 5 years ago by Debbie Lloyd

CV Writing Tips

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With the summer holidays coming to an end September it’s prime time for people to start thinking about getting a new job. If you have been re-evaluating your career goals over the summer, it could be time to update your CV and start your job search. 

Here are our top five tips to make sure your CV stands out from the crowd. 

1. Be Creative. 

Over recent years candidates have been taking things to the next level to get noticed by prospective employers. Whilst creating your CV in the form of a video game or delicious cake may get you noticed, there are easier ways to make your CV stand out that may be more appropriate to the industry you are applying for; simply experimenting with the design of your CV and adding some personal flair can be enough to get you noticed. Just ensure that it’s not too distracting, inappropriate or difficult to read.

2. Proofread

Everyone should be aware of this, but as recruiters we cannot stress it enough. Double then triple check your CV for mistakes...and then ask someone else to check it over. Don’t let avoidable errors hinder your chances before you even get your foot in the door! 

3. Don’t make it too long

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

4. Tailor your CV for the role

Each 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 that particular job. 

5. Use the correct file format 

It is highly unlikely that you will ever be expected to post a CV to a potential employer. Most, if not all applications are now via websites and job boards. Save your CV as a PDF to ensure it can be opened on any device. PDFs also maintain the formatting of the CV so you can be sure that employers are seeing your CV as you intended. 

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.