Sell yourself – be confident
Use your CV to make a positive first impression. Tailor it to include any pieces of information that prove you are the right person for the job.
Keep your CV punchy. Stick to the job of selling your abilities. You should start your CV with an opening statement about yourself, highlighting specific skills and experiences. Continue with your personal details (name, address, home & mobile numbers, email). Follow with your education and employment history in date order, starting with the most recent first. Include dates for everything. Bullet points will help to make your CV easy on the eye. Ideally, your CV should be no longer than two sides of A4 paper.
Leaving gaps in your CV invites the recruiter to guess what you might have been up to during those periods. Instead of leaving them to make their own assumptions, give details of what you were doing (for example: travelling).
Be Error free!
One of the easiest ways for recruiters to weed out “weaker” CVs is to scan them for errors. By failing to check your CV for basic spelling and grammatical mistakes, you are setting yourself up for a fall at the first fence. Use your PC’s spellchecker or get a friend to cast their eye over it and give you their opinion.