The CV - How to write one
Posted on 25/02/2017 by David Walker
As a recruiter I see a lot of CVs. Most need a lot of re-vamping to ensure they promote the individual in the best possible light and are suitable to forward to a prospectice employer.
The most important things to remember when compiling a CV are:
- Make it easy to read - neatly set out, headings in bold and underligned / use bullet points.
- Ensure no gramattical or spelling errors (use spell check - it takes seconds!).
- Set out your career history in chronological order with the most recent role first - include dates, company name and job title (again bullet points are best).
- SELL YOURSELF in a professional manner - include accomplishments (both work and education related), targets hit, KPIs achieved, etc.
- Don't overuse the adjectives - don't use phrases such as "vast experience" or "huge knowledge".
- Don't use stock lines you see in other CVs or online - eg: "can work well in a team or on my own" - everyone is using it, it's old hat ! - be honest, describe your attributes in 2 or 3 lines.
- Don't describe yourself in the 3rd person or overuse "I" eg: "Billy is an exceptional salesman" or "I would describe myself as....".
Always feel free to forward your CV to me at : firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like me to check it over and advise on any ammendments required.
Alternatively we can write your CV for you, free of charge!