A CV should be no more than Three Pages, more than this is asking a lot of time from a busy Hiring Managers - your aim is to maintain their interest until the last word, not just the introduction.
- Check your spelling and grammar - always do an ABC spell check.
- Keywords & Bullet Points - use Bullet Points to highlight Periods and Achievements in your Profile and make Job/Role Descriptions read less like an “I did this or did that”.
- Sales Statement – that Sells your Skills, Ability and Experience.
- Consistent Simple Layout.
- Explain Career Gaps/ Breaks .
- Use Arial as a Font and try to keep all but the Headings the Same Size Font – easier to read.
- Consider a short concise Introductory Paragraph that gets your Achievements, Key Features and Desirability to a new employer across.
- Career History - always start your resume with the most recent role first and work back.
- Timeline - check that any Career breaks or Gaps between roles are fully explained. Recruiters and Employers take references.
- Within each Job use Bullet Points to show your Achievements , Reasons for Moving and Key Responsibilities -usual Format is to show the month and year of joining and leaving for each period of Employment – e.g. Dec 2001 – Sep 2006.
- Previous Employment – keep it interesting and concise - a Brief Description about earlier Career Roles is normally sufficient.
- Other Skills - Memberships, a love of Animals or Pastimes should be kept to a minimum depending on the Role, the addition of some Sport ( Team or individual) and achievement statements can be beneficial.
- Make your CV interesting – your Life and Achievements invariably are! Think like the person reading it - does it make you want to discover more and help you find a place for these Skills and Achievements? The aim is not to tell your life story but to attract attention, arouse interest, create a decision and inspire action.
- Format - it is best to use Microsoft Word ".doc" format as it is compatible with most job boards, database software and recruiters or clients own applicant tracking systems. Avoid the use of power point files, colored fonts, excessive bold / highlighting / italics and overuse of images or logos. If you do attach a photo make it small i.e. thumbnail size is enough and please smile, after all clients hire happy productive and achieving people.
- Impact - this can be achieved by using certain emotive, expressive words that encourage the reader’s attention and interest.
- Contact Data - keep your contact data up to date.