It’s easy to get into a rut where you simply add your latest role to your CV when you’re ready for a new challenge. However, every now and again, it’s worth taking a step back to review it in its totality.
Why not take a look at your current CV with the following questions at the forefront of your mind…
Are you making it easy for the hirer to find your relevant experience?
As you gain more experience and change roles a couple of times, it becomes more difficult to keep your CV under 2 pages. We’ve all seen the 8-pager with far too much detail on each role. Of course, this shows a certain level of seniority but it makes it so hard for the hirer to pick out the key skills they need you to have for the role they are actually recruiting for.
However senior you are, 2 (oh, go on then, 3) pages is sufficient. Less is more – you really don’t need to include all the detail. Be selective and only include information on the RELEVANT experience rather than just mindlessly listing everything you’ve ever done!
If necessary, you may want to consider writing a couple of versions of your CV to show particular skillsets if you are applying for a few different types of roles.
Does your CV read like a job description?
When writing about each role, a good rule is to give a sentence on the actual company and then, rather than list the duties you performed, it’s always good to share a few of the achievements you’re most proud of.
• Were you involved in new business?
• Have you turned a failing project around?
• How did you develop strong relationships with suppliers and clients?
Providing the detail around some of these questions can stand you apart from other applicants who may simply list the activities they perform.
Have you overused buzzwords?
It’s all very well adding a one-liner at the top of the CV to summarise you and your expertise, but don’t fall into the trap of using every buzzword or phrase possible. “Works well as a team as well as individually”, “works well under pressure”, “ambitious and hardworking”. These phrases are so overused that no-one really reads them anymore, so try and articulate what makes you different.
Sometimes, having a conversation with a work colleague or a friendly ex-boss can help you see your attributes from their point of view so you can give a clear, concise view of your real strengths.
If you’d like us to review your current CV and suggest some simple improvements you could make, we’re always happy to help.
Give us a call on 0203 245 2550 and we’ll put you in touch with the consultant who best understands your skills and experience.