We know writing your CV feels like a long, boring chore. However, with these simple tips, we hope it won’t be such a burden...
1. ADAPT IT
You must adapt your CV to the job that you want. Employers won’t look twice at a generic CV. Read the job description, pick out the key skills and attributes, and highlight them in your CV.
2. UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE
Update your CV regularly with relevant experience, training, achievements. This will make it seem less of a chore when you're applying for jobs.
3. STRUCTURE IT
Use headings, bullet points, bold fonts, and line spacing to make your CV easy to read for the employer. Display your education and employment history in chronological order.
4. USE RELEVANT EXAMPLES
For each skill, make sure you back this up with a relevant example. If the example is in a similar industry, this is even better.
(Pssst... Avoid things such as party tricks. Your employer will probably not care about the record number of pints you managed to gulp down in freshers!)
DON'T DO THIS...
1. TELL PORKY PIES/LIES
Save yourself the embarrassment. Just tell the truth, otherwise, you will be caught out!
2. GRAMMAR & SPELLING ERRORS
Read your CV, then read it again, and again, and again...
Ask other people to read your CV or use web tools such as Grammarly to check your grammar and spelling.
3. WAFFLE ABOUT IRRELEVANT INFO
Only include skills that your potential employer is interested in.
Use the job description as a guide. (Most job descriptions will list the skills/attributes they want from applicants!)
4. USE FANCY FONTS & LAYOUTS
Don’t overcomplicate your CV by using crazy fonts and colours. Just keep it simple and easy to read.
Avoid long paragraphs and blocks of text. Use bullet points and short sentences. (Most employers will skim read your CV first, so the layout needs to be simple and clear)
5. BE CLICHÉ OR VAGUE
Don’t be too generic about your skills and experience.
For example, don’t use phrases such as “I’m all about the team”. Instead, provide specific details, “I led a team of five bar staff, and I was responsible for cashing up and closing the bar in the manager’s absence.”