Like we discussed in the previous blog, your CV is the first impression that you give to the powers that will interview you, and hopefully offer you that dream job.
In this little pot of gold, we’re going to share some hot tips that have been researched and are psychologically designed to open the door for an interview. We don't want to you end up being a needle in the haystack.
Don’t believe us? Well, use these tips and see..what do you have to lose?
The Pot of Gold
- Please, for the love of puppies, do not put your ID number or full address on your CV. It's a security risk. Name, Surname, Contact Info, Nationality and Location are more than adequate.
- Make it concise. Your CV is not designed to represent every detail of your life story. It’s designed to get your foot in the door. No CV should ever be longer than 2 pages (some say 1 page). *we really love the 1 pager*
- Invest in a good looking template, but keep it simple. Don’t be too loud. We highly recommended Enhancv or Canva (online resources), or get in touch with us to help you out, we love deriving simplicity and making it beautiful.
- Only include information that is relevant to the job you are applying for. Yes, this means you may need to review and possibly edit for each application, but it's worth it.
- List your job experience in reverse chronological order. That means start with your most recent and work your way back from there.
- Complement your CV with a purpose written, job-specific cover letter to give the reader some insight into why you are good for this position. Paint the picture for them so they don't have to do it themselves. Try shy away from speaking about yourself in the 3rd person if you can. It's a bit odd.
- Display your accomplishments, results, value-add and impact. Do not list your roles and responsibilities - these are generally generic and a waste of space.
- Do not write long paragraphs. Use bullet points to improve readability and never use more than three bullet points per job.
- Try to use graphical representations of information where you can. Skills bars and icons are a good way to achieve this (although granted, they are subjective - see point below).
- Try limit any information that could be seen as subjective. If you’re going to include a “Strengths” section, we highly suggest taking a psychometric assessment such as Gallup StrengthsFinder which is widely recognised by most HR professionals, and used by many for creating high-performance teams.
- Include an area for your achievements. This is where you can be loud and proud about what makes you great. These can be personal or professional.
- List some personal interests, and try to not make them boring. This is a peephole into you as a person. Put some real thought into it before slapping down the generics (reading, long walks on the beach, yada yada move on).
Okay, so we’ve given you some food for thought. If you’re more visually inclined, pop us a mail or send us some smoke signals. We’d be happy to send you a template to offer you some inspiration.
Happy CV building!