5 top tips for CV building.
Have you ever found it hard to make your CV stand out?
With the pandemic having affected us for two years, it is harder than ever for those of us looking for work to get back into employment. Limited jobs and preparation can sometimes throw us off track even when we are trying to make our CV unique.
Our goal is to help reduce the UK’s unemployment rate over time, and to begin with, we will give you our top five tips to help you take your first step towards being employed and having a solid CV!
A CV is a document used when you apply for a job, it stand for curriculum vitae. It allows you to summarise your education, skills and experience enabling you to successfully sell your abilities to potential employers.
Tip 1 – A CV should include:
• Contact details – Include your full name, home address, mobile number and email address
• Profile – A CV profile is a concise statement that highlights your key attributes and helps you stand out from the crowd.
• Education – List and date all previous education, including professional qualifications.
• Work experience – List your work experience in reverse date order.
• Skills and achievements – This is where you talk about the foreign languages you speak and the IT packages you can competently use.
• Interests – Relevant interests can provide a more complete picture of who you are, as well as giving you something to talk about at interview.
• References – You don’t need to provide the names of referees at this stage.
Tip 2 – A standard CV in the UK should be no longer than two sides of A4. That said one size doesn’t fit all. For example, a school leaver or recent graduate with minimal experience may only need to use one side of A4. To save space only include the main points of your education and experience.
Tip 3 – Section headings are a good way to break up and structure your CV. Ensure they stand out by making them larger and state what the information you are presenting next.
Tip 4 – Present your information by using clear spacing and bullet points, which will make you come across as organised and professional.
Tip 5 – Avoid fonts such as Comic Sans. Choose something professional, clear and easy to read such Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman and stick to the format you choose throughout the CV.
You have already accomplished one step of the job search by making sure your CV is good, and employers can see your capabilities and find the best job for you. If you are still having trouble developing your CV, there are numerous CV building websites available to you. Below are some examples.