How to create an unforgettable CV
It may seem off-putting trying to look for a job but with just a bit of planning and focus but this can definitely be an achievable objective, and a great place to start is with your CV!
In order to get your CV noticed and shortlisted you have to make sure that it is easy for the employer to see why you are the ideal candidate for the role, your CV is your chance to promote yourself. Use this holiday season to review your CV and check that you aren’t including these common mistakes:
Lack of relevant information
It is important to do your research on the job role and company. Make sure you include relevant experience and any specific skills that could be valuable. Get the basics right and include contact information, education and qualifications, work history/experience and relevant skills. You can then decide what other information you would like to include such as hobbies and perhaps a picture.
Now that you have shown off all the skills and experience you have it is important to back this up, give examples of when you have demonstrated those skills. You may also wish to include a portfolio of your work and any products or projects you have worked on. Including references from past employees can also vouch for your skills and experience.
Remember that your CV should be your opportunity to sell yourself. Try to not send off the same CV to lots of employers at the same time. Take the time to tweak your CV for each role that you apply for. Research the company and job advert in order to work out exactly what skills you should highlight.
It is easy to overlook errors on your CV, make sure you pay attention to detail. The use of jargon or clumsy expression can also sabotage your chances. Get someone to proof read your CV to avoid making simple grammatical mistakes.
Make sure your CV is clearly formatted with professional font and appearance. Try to keep everything concise and appealing. So after reviewing your CV and avoiding those common mistakes, it’s time to start getting yourself out there.
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