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WHAT DO RECRUITERS LOOK FOR IN A CV?
Writing your CV when applying for new jobs can take a long time and require a lot of effort to get right. Having a good CV is crucial, not just for sending to potential employers but so recruiters will contact you regarding positions they have available. So here are a few tips to help you get noticed by recruiters and employers:
MAKE SURE YOUR CV IS CLEAR
One of the main reasons CVs may get overlooked by recruiters and employers is because they aren’t clear! If your CV looks as though you’ve put no time or effort into it, people with opportunities won’t put time or effort into you. The following points will help you to get your CV looking tip top and ready to be read!
PUT YOUR MOST RECENT EMPLOYER AT THE BEGINNING AND THEN WORK BACK TO YOUR OLDEST EMPLOYER
Always begin your ‘Work Experience’ section with your most recent employer. Those offering opportunities will want to see your current experience more than what you did years ago. Putting your oldest employer at the beginning may cause your CV to get overlooked because the reader may think you’ve not worked for a long time.
USE BULLET POINTS OR A SHORT PARAGRAPH TO DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITHIN ROLES
Bullet points are a good way to get your experience across to a reader. No one wants to read a life story about what you did within your role, just imagine if everyone did that, it would take ages!
STATE WHAT DATES YOU WORKED FOR EACH EMPLOYER
Dates are very important. Every employer wants to know how long you’ve worked for previous employers. If you feel that your CV looks a bit ‘hoppy’ because you’ve not found the right role for you yet, why not put reasons for leaving? Perhaps you were only with an employer for a short time because you were made redundant or had a family issue that caused you to leave?
Always state your education with grades achieved clearly in a separate section of your CV. What employers will want to know is 1. When you attended 2. What you studied 3. Your grades 4. What school did you attend?
GIVE REASONS FOR LONG GAPS
Giving a reason for a long gap in employment is always a good thing to do. We all have things that crop up in life, whether that is starting a family, a stressful situation or the fact you’ve just not found the right role for you yet. By putting that reason you’re letting a recruiter or potential employer know that in the time you’ve been out of employment, you’ve been doing something worthwhile or necessary with your time.
Whether you are a super “Spelling Bee” or not so confident, it is always best to get another person to read your CV. This could be a friend or family member, sometimes a fresh eye can spot the mistakes that you’ve made. Having sound grammar and spelling on your CV is crucial as it gives a good first impression of you as a person. You could have the best experience and be perfect for a job, but if your spelling is not on point, you will get overlooked.
One problem that I come across time and time again as a recruiter is contact details. A lot of people don’t put the correct contact details on their CV. Make sure your phone number and email address are correct before sending your CV, otherwise you won’t be contacted.
You’ll be surprised how many people use funky colours and fonts on their CV. DON’T DO IT! It makes a CV look unprofessional and silly. Recruiters and employers don’t want to read your CV in bright pink or have to decipher your writing because it’s in CURLZ MT or some other font.
So, with these key points in mind, get creating your CV today! Hey, why not send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and apply for one of our jobs?