Application tips 101
In the Application Tips 101 series, the Be Your Future blog will be providing you with various application tips that can get you one step closer to that future job offer. When it comes to applying to jobs, your CV could be the golden ticket to get you that initial foot in the door and secure an interview. We have put together some tips that will help you get started in making your CV a successful one.
Make sure you cover the basics
There is no right or wrong way to write a CV, but there are some common areas of information you should cover: •personal details such as full name, telephone number, email address and home address (the last one is not mandatory and it’s up to you whether to include it) •education and qualifications •work experience •relevant skills •references are not mandatory to be in the CV but can be attached to it as separate pieces of information to go along
Do pay attention to the size of the CV.
Normally the size of the CV depends on the industry and positions you apply for but the general notion is not make it bigger than two A4 pages. Remember that recruiters receive dozens of CVs so the chance of reading every CV fully is really low. You may have only a limited time to impress them so try to make it clear and concise. Just keep it short and sweet!
Tailor your CV to the position or industry you are applying for
Before you send your CV to the recruiters, do make sure that you have established what the job entails and how you can match the requirements. There is no such thing as a generic CV so don’t be lazy and rely on the idea that such type of CV will work. Every CV you send to a potential employer should be tailored.
Presentation is important
A successful CV is always carefully presented and printed on white paper. Layout should be well structured; think about heading, subheadings and font. Also make sure to keep the design simple but polished.
Spell check and grammar/ Keep the CV updated
It may sound like the most obvious thing but you have no idea how many times recruiters have declined candidates purely because of grammar or spelling mistakes on CVs. Double check your work before you send it. Nowadays most universities have career zones, in which you can get your CV checked so make sure that you do not pass on such an opportunity! Also, make sure to regularly review your CV and add any new skills or experiences that you have acquired.
Here are some DON’Ts specific to the UK :
- Do not put your gender
- Do not put a picture
- Put you date of birth rather than your age
Some additional tips:
- Specify your language proficiency: either spoken or written and either native, fluent, intermediate, beginner (eg: Spanish: Intermediate in Spoken, Fluent in Written)
- Add your LinkedIn profile’s link within your personal detail’s section
- Make sure for each of your professional experiences, you describe the responsibilities you were given and skills you acquired with 2-3 bullet points, using relevant key words according to the firm/industry you are applying to.
- Do not hesitate to add any extracurricular activities if it is relevant (involving assumption of responsibilities, new skills etc.)