Best Practices: CV

In order to land your dream Contract or Permanent job you must have a faultless CV. On average, recruiters only give CV’s 30 seconds of their time so you only a very small window of opportunity to impress and demonstrate that you have the right skills and experience for the roles. As a result,  you have to make sure  your CV is concise and detailed from start to finish before applying for any role, Luckily, we’re on hand to help with the best practices for writing the perfect CV.

Section one – write a good personal profile

As this is the first section on your CV so you want to give a good amount of yourself (without going over the top). Your personal profile should introduce yourself to the recruiter(s) and and briefly outline your experience and skill set. Try and make the paragraph no more than 4 or 5 lines. You don’t want deter the recruiter(s) with a large opening sections.

Section two – outline your education

In this section summarise your relevant qualifications and/or professional exams you and the dates you completed them.  These can include:

  • Pstgraduate/undergraduate degree
  • Professional exams
  • More modules you’ve completed within  professional courses

Section three – outline your work experience

Since this is the main area the recruiter(s) will focus on, ensure that you sell yourself in the best possible way. Start your work experience lists with verbs (‘managed’ ‘developed etc) and use dynamic language to outline your current and previous job duties and the results/success you achieved (including figures where necessary). Similarly, organise your duties accordingly with the most important/most relevant tasks at the top of each list.

Step four – mention any relevant achievements, hobbies and extra skills

State IT programmes you’re proficient in and programmes the job role requires. Essential when applying for technical IT jobs. Include extra languages you speak and/or understand (either fluent or conversational). This will give you an advantage over other candidates who aren’t bilingual or multilingual. Also, mention any achievements you’ve received outside of work, volunteer. charity work and general interests and hobbies that you feel will help self yourself to the the recruiter(s).

In short, keep you CV concise, focused and up-to-date. Use a clear and legible font (Arial) and don’t format it too much. Also, depending on your personal preference and the job role you’re applying for, you can interchange section two and three.

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