First impressions count, so make sure your CV is making the impression you deserve. Alongside your LinkedIn profile, your CV acts as a hard copy for you to sell yourself to your potential employer. Therefore, it is key to understand what key qualities are going to get your CV through the CV sift stages and into that final top ten pile.
CV sift - Round one:
So what are the first 'DO NOTS' that are going to get your CV sent straight to the bin;
CV sift -Round Two:
Once the first sift has taken place the second round of potential CV's can be reviewed. So what is the next factor that will get your CV thrown in the bin?
CV sift - Round Three:
Round three takes candidates CV's to the 'potentials pile'. The final stage before an interview is offered. If you've made it this far you're probably competing with around 10 other CV's. Readers will now scan more than just the first page. The non-technical, key features they will be looking for are;
So how do you create a high impact CV that gets you an interview?
Remember, you have about 10-20 seconds to make an impression with your CV so it is key to tailor it to grab your recruiters or potential employer's attention...
What to include on your front page:
What NOT to include on your front page:
What should you include on the second page?
The second page gives you a little leeway to delve a little deeper into your attributes as you have caught the reader’s attention. So what should you include?
The key to writing a good CV is to tailor it to the job you're targeting. It may be worth your while to have several versions of your CV created for the spectrum of roles you are applying for. Remember, your CV is a way to showcase your skills and attributes so always ensure you keep them relevant and to the point.