• kristenevelyn

12 CV Tips

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

  1. Keep your CV to 1-2 pages. Less is more when it comes to format. Keep your CV design simple so recruiters can pull information from it quickly.

  2. Write in the third person. Avoid using "I" or "me".

  3. Most recent experience should be first, then work backward.

  4. If you have recently taken a break to go back to school, you want to include this as part of your work experience to help fill-in time lapses.

  5. Tailor your CV to the role. Most companies are quite precise about the skills they look for and there are also many qualified local candidates. To stand out try to match the required skills as close as possible (maintaining honesty of course!).

  6. When writing bullet points focus on your achievements and quantify.

  7. After each point as yourself, "so what?". If you feel it is a "so what" statement then take it out or make it more meaningful.

  8. Focus on highlighting core competencies (i.e: leadership, teamwork, analytical skills).

  9. Highlight 6 -8 core skills and put them in their own section, preferably just after your contact details.

  10. Leave out your birthday.

  11. Make sure to include your contact details (email, phone number, and home address).

  12. It's recommended you include your IT knowledge (MS Office, Adobe, SAPP), and any language skills.

....and a note about cover letters. When writing your cover letter:

  • For private sector roles, aim to keep it short, 3-4 paragraphs. Recruiters don't have time to read your life story.

The exception to this rule is if the job requires you to outline how you mean each job specification. This is common in the public sector, for example in higher education. If this is the case then make sure you address each and every job specification.

  • Discuss briefly why the role and why the company.

  • Showcase how your experience matches the role requirements.

  • Try to use the STAR method (Situation. Task. Action. Result) when outlining your experience.

Situation: Describe the specific situation or challenge that you were faced with.
Task: Describe your responsibility in the situation and what did you want or need to achieve?
Action: Describe what specific steps you took to address the situation.
Result: Describe the outcome. What happened? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?

Applying for jobs in the UK can be tiring. Hopefully these little tips will help you make the right impression to get to the net round.... the interview (or in some cases, the online test!).