In order to make your CV as impressive and detailed as possible, you will need to take sufficient time. Remembering all of your experience and key achievements is a difficult task in itself – you may not be able to remember everything all in one sitting. Taking a couple of days to note everything and perfect your CV is crucial to making the best impression possible.
This document will assist you in writing the best CV possible. With information on writing your career objective, how to use headings and titles effectively, and what to exclude from your CV, this document is incredibly useful as a step-by-step guide to writing your CV from scratch, but also as a checklist to ensure you have covered any necessary points.
Tip 1: Make your qualities stand out
When prospective employers first glance at your CV, you want them to be able to immediately recognise your main qualities. There are various ways to do this:
Take a few moments to look at your CV after completing these steps and ask yourself whether your opening statements and occupation titles draw enough attention.
The following factors may need to be given some attention:
As mentioned in the Introduction, when an employer first views your CV, it is the first few seconds which really count towards making an impression, so ensure you take time to perfect the beginning of your CV in particular.
Tip 2: Using job titles to your advantage
It is important that you pay some attention to how you word your job titles. Whether in a positive or negative light, your titles will project yourself and your previous duties to an employer. While employers are not essentially concerned with job titles, the duties that accompany them are paramount, so it is essential your job titles are worded in such a way that they accurately reflect the role. Should you feel that a job title does not project a strong image of your experience, using Skill Headings may be the best option.
Skill Headings represent a collection of experiences across different jobs on account of which you have acquired the particular core skill in question. Examples of skill headings include transport management, site management, warehouse management, fleet liaison, technical support, administrative support, project administration etc. Note the difference between skill headings and job titles.
Tip 3: The benefits of your skills
Although a CV is written in order to promote your skills and professional demeanour, the main message you want to communicate is how your skills will benefit the business. You need to provide examples of the results your skills have brought about, and what you believe the results would be of being recruited into the position in question.
By writing an achievements-orientated CV, the fruits of your skills should be very apparent. If your finished CV does not highlight the professional successes you have brought to previous employers, you should work to ensure it does.
Tip 4: Writing a Career Objective
It is highly recommended that you begin your CV with a Career Objective. A Career Objective gives an employer / recruiter a large amount of information very quickly. An example of a Career Objective would be: «Seeking a management position utilising training and team leadership experience»
By using a Career Objective you will achieve the following:
Without a Career Objective:
Tip 5: Formulating a Career Objective
Your Career Objective should be short, concise and straight to the point. At a maximum, two or three sentences should be adequate to communicate your aims successfully. Importantly, your statement should include two pieces of information: The position you are seeking and what skills you possess that qualify you for this position. Phrases such as, “Seeking advancement in career,” or “Looking to develop my skills in…” etc. are best not used in your objective, as they do not give an employer much information. Instead, try to give factual information in your statement, such as in the example below:
“Seeking a Warehouse Management position utilising my six years experience in Logistics, inventory control, people management and retail operations of over £5 million per annum".
This type of objective is strong and impressive, which is exactly how the opening lines of your CV should be.
Tip 6: Keywords
The Internet has provided countless opportunities for both candidates and clients alike. Amongst them, the technological age has advanced enough to allow clients to search for potential candidates by using specific keywords found in CV’s. For example, an employer can search an entire database of several thousand candidates who might be suitable for an upcoming vacancy just by inputting a certain qualification, job title, or other relevant string into a search field. This is a very quick, simple, but effective way of finding suitable candidates.
Bearing this in mind, it is therefore important to include as many relevant keywords as possible within the body of your CV. This is something which should be given careful time and consideration when perfecting your CV.
Tip 7: Information to exclude
Your CV contains information which should, in theory, attract an employer. It is a document detailing your positive attributes, your credible professional history, your skill set and achievements. It should not, in that case, contain any information which may be considered off-putting to an employer. While it is highly important to always be honest with a prospective employer, your CV should make you look as desirable as possible. Any difficult information to be divulged can be done so in person when your CV has already earned you some deserved credibility.
Therefore, there are certain things that should not be detailed on your CV:
Tip 8: Miscellaneous tips