Tips for Writing a Promotion Worthy CV

Posted on 2016-03-07 by GenUK Dove

Be Relevant

When creating your CV it’s important to tailor it to your desired industry. Make it easy for potential employers to find what they are looking for by keeping it at the forefront.

 

Choose your Words Carefully

When writing think about how you want to portray yourself and ensure you sound confident. You want to make the reader believe you are a competent worker so avoid using negative or self-deprecating language. Using verbs and an active tone of voice will suggest you have a pro-active work ethic rather than a passive one.

 

Keep it Short and Sweet 

A CV should be no longer than 2 pages of A4 – recruiters are busy people and don’t have time to read your life story. Don’t forget, you can include extra information about yourself in your cover letter.

 

Shout about your Achievements 

Don’t rely on overused buzzwords to sell yourself. Rather than listing out the same skill set that appears on every CV, give examples of your achievements. Discuss big projects you have managed, hard targets you have met, or systems you have implemented.

 

Let your Personality Shine Through

Somewhere on the first page include a few paragraphs about yourself, your personal traits and achievements outside of the workplace. Discuss your kooky hobbies, community work and any other out of work interests you have that will help your CV stick in an employer’s mind.

 

Include your Contact Details

Make it easy for employers to contact you to arrange an interview. Whilst it may seem obvious, you’d be surprised by how many people forget to include basic information such as; name, address, contact number, email etc.

 

Proof Read!!

Before sending, check, double check and triple check spelling and grammar. A CV with glaringly obvious spelling mistakes or poor grammar is likely to end up in the bin.

 

Get a Second Opinion

A fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective might spot spelling errors, grammatical mistakes or even missed achievements. Always ask someone else to read over your CV before sending it out to recruiters and employers.

 

Once you are happy with your awesome new CV, send it across to jobs@dovetail.co.uk or pop into our recruitment agency in Newbury, Berkshire. Our agents will be more than happy to give you honest, constructive advice on how to secure your ideal job.

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