Your Curriculum Vitae is often the first impression you will give to a potential employer, so naturally it has to be done right to be effective. There are many critical factors that need to be considered when creating your CV, by keeping the most important one’s in mind, you can dramatically increase your chances of finding gainful employment.
Below we’re going to take a look at the 4 most important rules for creating CV’s.
Simple but Eye-Catching Presentation
No employer wants to read an overly complicated-looking CV, on the other hand, an employer may not even give your CV the time it deserves if it looks too bland or unstructured. The key is to find an effective middle-ground.
Consider a simple layout which is easy to read, including readable standard fonts and titles. Well-structured and readable CV’s are what employers look for.
Keep it Concise
While we would all like to show off all of our past employment history and skills, employers often just don’t have the time to sift through longer CV’s. With that in mind, there are some guidelines you should stick to when it comes to CV length.
Stick to less than two sides of A4 and put more detail and emphasis on recent and more relevant skills and experience. Trust us, your potential employer will be glad you have saved them time by getting straight to what’s important.
Include a Brief Bio
It’s not always all about skills, experience, and qualifications, sometimes an employer needs to be able to get a sense of how well you would fit in within their workplace. One way in which they can do this is by reading a bio that describes the applicant.
This should be short but descriptive, including such information as past roles, relevant experience, plans for your career’s future and more. It can sometimes be difficult writing about one’s self, but often it is worth including a short bio near the beginning of your CV.
Mention Available References
It’s good practice to make sure you include a line in your CV such as “References available upon request”, speaking to past employers is the best way for potential employers to find out more about you. Having the details of your references printed on every one of your CV’s probably isn’t the best idea as most would not want their contact details distributed among many people and locations.
References are very important, particularly in the higher up roles in your chosen career ladder, make sure the employer knows you have credible references to give them should they ask to contact them.
Create Something Impressive & Effective
A great CV can really level the playing field when it comes to finding employment. If you keep our CV rules in mind, you’ll be one step closer fully optimising your job-search.
HR Recruitment wishes you good luck in finding the perfect position for you, remember that we are always ready to take your calls should you require our services.