Use an easy to read font. Nothing too out there in style,colour or size. Keep the formatting simple and easy to follow. Don’t allow yourCV to get cluttered, it has to be clear and concise. Only use contact detailsthat you can be reached on during the day. Ensure your answer phone message isprofessional. The ideal length is two to three pages. There are a fewexceptions to this, but not many. Use bullet points rather than lengthyparagraphs. Save the file as ‘your name – resume’. Don’t use the date, as thisinstantly tells a hiring manager how long you’ve been looking.
Modify your CV for every application. It needs to read as aclear narrative in relation to the role you are applying for. Pick out andemphasis only your key achievements and experience that relate to the role youare applying for. We are not suggesting removing details of your workexperience, a clear chronology of your experience is important, but you canlimit the detail listed from roles that are not as relevant and highlight thedetail on those that are.
When you are looking at a website do you read on if thefirst page doesn’t grab your interest? The same goes for your CV, the contenton your first page is critical. Too often most of the first page taken up withcontact details – these should be the space of a header, a couple of lines atmost. Next include a succinct headline and summary that clearly shows the valueyou can add followed by your key achievements listed as bullet points. Thisshould all make it into the first two thirds of your first page; any longer andyou need to trim things back.
Use facts and figures that quantify achievements that painta clear picture of your abilities. Hiring managers generally have an idea ofwhat duties are required from your job titles. What they don’t know is whatsets you apart from others in the same sort of role.
Explain any gaps in your work history. If you don’t, hiringmanagers are left to draw their own conclusions. Make sure you list start andend dates for each role. If you have some ‘job hopping’ in your work historyyou should add your reason for leaving roles. Having to relocate city or abusiness closing is less of an concern than it looking like you jump from jobto job every couple of months.
Having not meet you before, your CV and cover letter arethe only things a hiring manager can assess you and your suitability on priorto selecting who to interview. They will be looking at your attention todetail: spelling, grammar, formatting and content is critical. Check it,re-check it and then get someone else to check it. That someone else that youget to read your CV should be able to tell you the sort of role you haveapplied for just by reading your CV. If they can’t you need to revise your CVuntil it is clear.