How to write your CV

Top CV advice!

How you secure your next interview……

What is the purpose of a CV?

While in an interview, you can always expand on what you have on your CV but if you want to make sure you get to that stage you need to inspire the employer!

When employers are initially scanning over your CV they will be looking for jobs roles similar and transferable skills. In most commercial environments, soft skills are highly desirable in addition to any essential qualification or experience.

If you are going in to a role that is customer or client focused and there is a high emphasis on relationship building, your soft skills will hold a higher value than your qualifications, particularly in the private sector. However some jobs you just need a qualification which is a prerequisite such as an accountant or a solicitor……. soft skills are an added bonus!

What does this mean when writing your CV?

If you are a subject specialist it is important to place your qualifications at the top of your CV as these will be the most important factor to the employer, then follow this up by adding in any relevant work experience and soft skills to highlight your capability in both vital areas.

If you are in sales, customer services, retail, management and roles that have a higher emphasis on soft skills it is more important that you put your work experience first on your CV and your qualifications second as your work experience will be the most important factor to an employer.

Common pitfalls on CV’s……

–          Your CV is too long! Try to keep your CV to 2 pages; this is can be difficult but focus on the important and most relevant points.

–          Your personal statement should be brief, one snappy and eye-catching paragraph. Show personality!

–          Bullet point job descriptions get across your skill set.

–          Bullet point key skills at the top of your CV, particularly if they are directly relevant to the job you are applying for.

–          Facts and Figures, give statistics that highlight your achievements.

–          Don’t divulge too much personal information

In line with the discrimination act you do not need to express your personal life on your CV, you are going to the interview to discuss your job.

Referee contact details: your recruiter or employer can ask for this information prior to interview or at point of offer.

I hope this has been helpful to you, there is much more information I can provide. Please feel free to contact me at anytime to discuss your career and your next challenge.