CV Tips – The Secrets to CV Success!
- Avoid fancy fonts. Prepare your resume in 10-point or 11-point Arial or Times Roman typeface.
- Edit carefully. Then edit some more. Spelling or grammar can kill an otherwise strong resume. The ability to write well is expected, not seen as an extra perk.
- Read backwards. This is a great editing trick that helps your eye catch errors.
- Ask a friend. Another pair of eyes really helps here, so ask a friend to look it over and give you feedback.
- Make things easy for HR & Hiring Managers. Human Resources people are overwhelmed with resumes; they take just a few seconds to skim each one. Grab their attention quickly by putting the most important information on the front page and then entice them to read more.
- Keep it consistent. Make sure the layout, font, and margins of your resume are uniform throughout.
- Keep it simple. Don’t go overboard with underlining, italicizing and bolding. When used sparingly, it will highlight what’s really important.
- It can be more than a page. Don’t sacrifice readability to cram your entire job history onto one page. There’s no consensus on length, but for most entry-level seekers, one page will do. Two pages will usually suffice for mid-career professionals, and three to four page resumes are generally reserved for executive and senior management positions.
- Be strong. Use strong action verbs and resist the urge to make your resume read like a job description. Highlight your actual job performance.
- Substantiate all claims. Forget buzz words. They usually don’t say anything of substance and HR people know that they’re used as filler. Instead, use terms specific to your field, and show your employer that you really know what you’re talking about.
- Show, don’t tell. Include facts, and tangible results to demonstrate what you’re capable of.
- Highlight important numbers. Percentages, dollar amounts, sales figures, if you’ve got them, use them. These are great, solid data points that clearly convey your experience, even across industries.
- Get past the scanners. With a growing number of employers using scanning technology to help manage resume submissions, take extra care to use language to get past the bots. Take your cues from the job description and pull keywords from there. The JD will also guide you on how to tailor your CV – make sure your most relevant experience is getting the most emphasis and pare back on less important points.
- Make it readable. Even the most amazing candidate’s resume will be ignored if it’s too dense, misspelled, or oddly formatted.
- And, of course, avoid the disappointment – read advertisements carefully; ensure you are applying for roles for which you have the requisite skills and experience.