5 Top Tips For Strong CV Writing
Did you know it’s said that most employers take under 10 seconds to scan a CV and put it in a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ pile before then reading in more detail. That’s less than 10 seconds to
make a great first impression!
Here are our quick tips on how to be in the yes pile and land that interview you want!
- STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
Stand back - How does your CV look? If you were looking at a pile of CV’s would yours stand out or blend in like the rest? TIP – Make it bold / clearly headed sections / easy to read. Would you choose you?
- NO WAFFLE
A CV should typically be no more than 2 pages long. TIP - No need to send your life story; use bullet points, keep sentences short and to the point. (Less is more - the interview is where you can elaborate in detail.)
- FIRST IMPRESSIONS
A short personal statement at the top of your CV is a great way to make that great first impression. TIP – Make the summary a snapshot of who you are, ensuring you add relevant detail as to what you can bring to the job or company.
Use commonly used keywords/buzzwords when writing about job descriptions/describing roles. TIP - Research online to check most used words/abbreviations for your job roles on your CV. Also, research employer tone/vocabulary to make your CV relevant to the role you are seeking.
- LET’S TALK NUMBERS
Beef up your achievements with number facts – make it worth a read! TIP – Instead of saying ‘I increased sales’ use statements like ‘I increased sales by 50% over 12 months’ / ‘I increased social media engagement by 38%).