Spring Clean your CV!

In these difficult times, there are unfortunately less jobs available than normal. Whilst we are aiming to get you out and working as soon as possible, this still is not a time to be idle - there are more things to be done. It may not seem like it right now but these times will pass so why not use spring by spring cleaning your CV? If you don’t already have one then head over to our blog on how to write up a CV (https://www.futuresrs.co.uk/post/career-day-at-chichester-high-school) then print a copy of your own CV so that you can write any edits or changes that you want to make.

First we are going to get rid of any information that doesn’t need to be on your CV. Recruiters like to see that you can be clear and concise, and if there are too many paragraphs that aren’t relevant they are unlikely to read all the way through these. Try to split up sections with bullet points, and if you see anything that isn’t relevant or important or has been repeated then get rid of it and be cutthroat- a recruiter doesn’t need to know about your hobbies unless they demonstrate a clear skill. Your CV is the first thing that a potential employer will see, so you want to grab their attention; you will lose their curiosity if there is information that is not useful or doesn’t help them to gain a better understanding of you as a person.

Now look at the information on your CV, does it show all your skills and attributes? There is only one you, and you never know if a skill that you didn’t think was important might have put you ahead of another candidate that a potential employer is comparing you to. You have to remember why you are special and what makes you perfect for the role you are applying for and ensure that you demonstrate this to the person reading your CV. If you have ever taken a particular course or have a special licence then be sure to include this as this might be what settles a decision for an interviewer.

Next, you need to make sure that all the numbers are correct. This may seem like something that you don’t need to change but the numbers on your CV can be some of the most important details. For example, if your phone number is incorrect then even if the person reading your CV wants to contact you, they won’t be able to! Also, check that the dates that you have put on your CV are correct. If you have written the incorrect dates and your interviewer queries these or has to do a check due to the nature of their company, it will look sloppy and unprofessional if you have written these inaccurately.

Lastly, the most important thing is to spell check! Even if you do a spell check on your computer, it is imperative that you double check your CV word for word yourself, as you never know what the computer might have missed. Many roles include writing and so good grammar and correct spellings are essential, not only to help you get the role but to also demonstrate that you are professional and have made sure your CV is perfect before sending it out.

Now that you have all these steps completed your CV should be nice and spring cleaned and ready to send out to potential employers! Whilst getting your CV ready is a great first step, working through a company like us means that a potential employer will not only see your CV but they will also get a detailed description of you, what you are looking for and why you are perfect for the job from us. We like to get to know our candidates to make sure that we can not only find you the perfect job but we can also make sure that we show you in the best light possible to give you the best possible chance of getting your dream role. Give us a call on 01243 839286 and our consultants will be on hand to get you on the path to finding your ideal position.

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