Your CV is the first thing a hiring manager will see and it’s your ticket to hopefully landing an interview and, fingers crossed, receiving a job offer. With this in mind, it’s important to make sure you lead with your best with your skills and experience expertly showcased.
Our expert Technical Resourcing team have put together a guide below on what mistakes to avoid what crafting your CV. Read on and don’t forget to let us know if you find our guide useful in your job search.
- Your CV should be tailored each role you’re applying for to give you the best chance of being progressed to interview. Sending a generic one-size-fits-all will not work in your favour. Do your research and find out exactly what they’re looking for in the job description and then adapt your CV by showing the experience and skills you have in those areas using their keywords.
- Show the impact your skills, experiences and achievements had on your employer.
- Don’t just list your relevant accomplishments, go into brief detail about them.
- It’s key to keep all aspects of your CV relevant to what you’re applying for.
- Don’t include irrelevant personal information. It takes up space you may need for other information and it’s not necessary.
- Explain any gaps in employment and be honest about it, otherwise you may get caught out at another stage.
- If you include an introduction in your CV, make sure it’s to the point and includes the key qualities the recruiter is looking for (which you’ll find in the job description mentioned above.) Avoid meaningless buzzwords like ‘Dynamic, results-oriented, driven, personable team player’ and instead clearly outline your key qualification for the role. Show through your experiences and examples how you’re a results-orientated team player etc.
Correct Your Formatting:
- Ensure your CV is clear and concise, note all relevant experience in bullet point format as this is much easier to read.
- If you’re sending your CV as an attachment send as a Word document as this is the most universally accessible formatting.
- Keep fonts simple and sizing to an 11 or 12, there’s no need to go overboard on fancy fonts and designs.
- Keep your CV updated with your current skills and experience, your current role is the one you may be asked the most about.
- Keep your CV well formatted, avoid page breaks in between sentences.
- There’s no need to include your references as these will be requested upon offer stage and may just take up room you may need for other information.
- Start your roles with a brief intro that describes the company you work for, where you sit within the hierarchy and what the overall goal of your role is. Then bullet point your responsibilities to show the work you carry out and showcase your skills and output. Finish your role off by highlighting some impressive achievements you have made during your time in the position.
- Use real facts and examples, all of this will be fact checked and references will be followed up on so don’t get caught out on a lie.
- Outline your responsibilities in each role you’ve had.
- Highlight relevant key points in your career history e.g. experience, skills, accomplishments or achievements.
At Aphex, we’re with our candidates every step of the way, from the submission process right through to the acceptance of an offer. We’re on hand to answer any questions you may have about your role, potential company, CV, or interview technique. We also provide our candidates with mock style preparation interviews with our in-house experts and engineers to ensure you’re feeling completely prepared and confident in your abilities. Want to find out more about how we can help you in your search? Contact us to set up a conversation with our team to discuss how we can help you.