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CV Tips | 7 Tips On Writing That Perfect CV

CV Advice, Job Search AdviceSuzie Finch
CV Writing Tips

CV Writing Tips That Make The Difference!

Writing a CV can be a daunting process, especially if you haven't done one in a while! Whether you are making tweaks to your CV or starting from scratch the following CV Writing Tips will ensure you make an impact and stand-out amongst the crowds.

7 Tips to CV Writing Success...

1) CV Mirroring

// By adopting the vocabulary and tone of the employer you will make your CV appear more relevant and buzzword heavy. Mirror text used within vacancy descriptions, job adverts and LinkedIn profiles for significantly improved applications. We recently published 'This One Trick Will Massively Upgrade Your Job Search' which explains CV mirroring in more detail.

2) Clarity

// Be clear with your CV text and with your expectations. A clear definition of your expectations, skills and experience will allow employers to see the information quickly and assess key criteria efficiently. No waffle please.

3) Brevity

// Employers and Recruiters are busy people, be concise and succinct. Your CV should be no longer than 2 pages and should be a snapshot of your abilities and experience (it's not a book of life).

4) No Typos

// Attention to detail is critical, one typo is enough to see your CV thrown on the scrapheap. Upon finishing your CV, spell and grammar check the document before asking someone else to proof read it for you. Word of caution, MS Word doesn't pick up typos in upper case letters :-/

5) Differentiate

// Be sure to differentiate yourself. Recruiters often have hundreds (if not thousands) of CVs to review, so make yourself memorable, display information in innovative ways and stand-out from the crowd. These CV Designs should provide inspiration.

6) Relevancy

// We've covered keyword mirroring above, however ensure you only include relevant skills and experience. Omit unnecessary skills and experience and never repeat yourself. The less is more approach really can make a difference, remember your CV is only the introduction and a snapshot of your career to date.

7) Target

// Make sure your CV is tailored to each job application you make. Demonstrate to future employers that you understand their business, the position on offer and what value you can bring. If you can stretch the extra mile a specific Cover Letter that covers things like salary expectations, availability and locality is a real winner.

9 Resume Templates That'll Take Your Career To The Next Level...

CV Advice, Job Search AdviceSuzie Finch

Resume templates come in a variety of different designs, colours, layouts and styles therefore choosing the one that best suits your career history and personality can be a challenging task. In this latest blog we’ve put together a collection of our most popular resume templates and highlighted which professions they are best suited for.

Whether you are a Graduate or a Teacher, an IT Consultant or HR Manager the following overview should give you some insight into which Resume Template is best suited to you...

Resume Template 1 - The Creative CV / Designer CV

A Creative CV / Creative Resume shouldn't be too long, the main focus for an employer is to review the quality of the design work and not to deliberate over skills and bullet points.  Ensure that all job applications include both a CV / Resume and a Portfolio.  Our example...

Resume Template 2 - The  CV Template For Serious Professionals

With serious professions it is important to pick a resume template with a strong layout but without the distraction of too many graphical elements.  Keep colours neutral and focus on CV Content.  Our example...

Resume Template 3 - The  Teacher Resume

Teacher Resumes can require plenty of space to list achievements, skills and specialist courses.  These documents need to be able to incorporate lists easily and display information clearly.  Our example...

Resume Template 4 - The  Creative Intern / Creative Graduate Resume

Competition is high for Graduate roles therefore it is important your CV / Resume makes an impression and stands out from other similar applications.  Be sure to include links to portfolios / social networks as well.  Our example...

Resume Template 5 - The  Serious Intern / Professional Graduate Resume

As mentioned competition is very high for Graduate roles, your experience will be limited therefore focus on grades and achievements (don't waffle on about non relevant work history). It is essential you triple check your documents - just one typo might be enough to find your CV in the rejected pile.  Our example...

Resume Template 6 - The Office Worker Resume

We've picked a slightly creative template with neutral colours here, however we would recommend choosing a template that mirrors the personality of the employer.  If they are a corporate company consider something straight-up professional like the Newgate, otherwise if they are perhaps a trendy web start-up you could consider the Compton.  Otherwise play it safe with this, our general example...

 Download this Creative Resume Template Here.

Download this Creative Resume Template Here.

Resume Template 7 - The Finance Resume

We've highlighted a strong document design which lends itself nicely to finance professions. A well-designed CV template is paramount for finance professionals as employers expect candidates to impart information clearly and succinctly (as this typically forms part of the day job).   Our example...

Resume Template 8 - Creative Types (But Not Designers)

There are plenty of professions which require a creative outlook but don't involve getting down and dirty with PhotoShop.  Perhaps you are a Creative Producer or a Social Media Executive either way this template will show potential clients you understand what it takes to stand-out   Our example...

Resume Template 9 - A CV For IT & Techie Types

CV Templates for technical roles need to handle lists of skills and be able to easily display achievements and accomplishments.  Vacancies in this sector can often be miss understood by 3rd party recruiters or internal talent sourcers therefore demonstrate your most relevant skills clearly and tailor each application for maximum impact .  Our example...

Looking for bespoke advice...

If you'd like us to recommend a Resume Template that matches your exact profession get in touch with and we'll gladly help :)

Good luck with the job search!

CV Advice | 9 Things You Should NEVER Include On Your CV

CV AdviceSuzie Finch
CV Advice

 

You might just be hurting your application chances by including any of the following points on your CV.

Here are 9 things you should never include on your CV...

1) Full Personal Address:

// A general location is perfect, if you are not local to the position you must ALWAYS include info relating to your relocation "relocating to: LOCATION in DATE" or "Happy to relocate".

2) A Third Person:

// Never talk about yourself in the third person, this isn't a magazine interview!

3) Unexplained Gaps:

// Ensure your CV flows, and makes sense. If you spent 2 years on a sabbatical trekking in the Andes then say so.

4) Full Reference Details (emails, phone numbers):

// Only at the interview / offer stage should this information be disclosed.

5) Your Life Story:

// Your CV is an introduction, not a dossier on your life history. Keep it succinct and no longer than 2 pages.

6) Your Salary Expectations:

// Don't restrict your chances of an interview (phone / face-to-face), you are better positioned to negotiate a strong salary if you have already excelled in an interview.

7) An Avalanche of Bullet Points:

// Take the time to write about each section in your CV, bullet points are great but use them sparingly.

8) Negative Words:

// Leave out all negativity (unfortunately, difficult, frustrating, problems, discouraged) and focus on positive words (achiever, capable, enthusiastic, talented, powerful).

9) Family Details:

// Avoid listing personal information such as marital status, dependents, religion etc.