Your CV is often the first communication a potential employer will see, and may be the only chance for you to get to interview. Therefore it’s crucial that you get it right. We’ve teamed up with the experts in Danbro’s HR team to give you our top tips.
- Keep it short and sweet, the most successful applicants have CVs no longer than two pages of A4.
- If printing out your CV, make sure it is printed on a clean piece of white paper.
- Going for a creative role? Don’t be scared to try something different and tailor your CV to the industry.
- Don’t lie! A common misconception is that you will get away with it…Spoiler alert, you won’t! Sell yourself on the skills you have, not on the skills you think you need.
- Keep your CV updated. Add new experiences and skills whenever you can, to increase your chances of standing out.
- Make sure you read the job specification thoroughly – if the role you’re applying for has stipulations, make sure you list the required qualifications (if you have them!).
- Be mindful of the font used – your CV needs to be easy to read. Also, be consistent…especially if listing ‘attention to detail’ in your personal statement.
- Double check your spelling! Spellcheck is fantastic but sometimes a few mistakes can slip through the net. Also, check your grammar and punctuation – check use of apostrophes, capitals and Americanised spelling before hitting that send button! For example, strictly speaking, it should be GCSEs or G.C.S.Es (plural) not GCSE’s (possessive).