- 'Sophie's advice has helped me so much and I am certain she is partly the reason why I got the position'
You should spend a lot of time preparing and revising your CV. When an employer gets a couple of hundred CVs a day, yours really needs to make an impression to stand out. The key thing to remember is to always tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for. Have a clear objective for your career in mind, and structure the whole CV towards that objective. Experience is often very important to employers, so you should closely describe your relevant experience. If you don’t have any relevant experience, emphasise any similar roles and transferable skills. If you still find you’re having no luck because of a lack of experience try volunteering in a similar position for a few months, or work towards an applicable qualification.
Head your CV with your personal details followed by Education and Work history – with your most recent job listed first. Use assertive, positive language in bullet points to list your main duties for each role. Keep these to the point without understating your responsibilities. You should finish your CV with a section for your specialist skills, extra languages spoken, qualifications, or positions of responsibility you’ve held. Some employers are looking for candidates with a driving licence/own vehicle, so include this if necessary.
Presentation is paramount: keep your CV to two pages when possible, but make sure the text is spaced easily enough to read, without being too large and looking informal. Use a formal font like Times New Roman, and stick to black font. Make sure you spell-check – not just with the computer, but read and re-read your CV to check grammar and spelling. Pass it on to friends and family for their feedback too. Try to take a neutral perspective and look at your CV: does it look professional? If you were an employer, would you hire you?