Top tips for improving your CV

Your CV is your first opportunity to convince potential employers that you are the right person for the job. But in a highly competitive job market, your CV is likely to be one of many on a pile, and it’s got to stand out from the crowd. Read on for some top tips for improving your CV and getting the jobs that you want:

1: Does your CV look professional?

You could have the most impressive qualifications and work experience imaginable, but if your CV is badly presented or looks unprofessional, it’s very likely to go right to the bottom of the pile. Your CV should be printed on good quality cream or white paper and should be easy to read. Check to see that there is plenty of toner cartridge left when printing so that the quality of the text stands out well.

2: Carry your portfolio with pride

Interviewers want to see that you are taking this opportunity seriously and have put thought and effort into the process. When you are called for interview, take printed copies of your CV along as part of your portfolio. You’ll want to let your interviewers keep a bound copy of your portfolio, as binding will instantly make your work stand out and gives it an excellent professional finish. You can buy home versions of binding machines quite cheaply, and there’s no better way to impress prospective employers.

3: Don’t forget to proof read

If your prospective employers are faced with piles and piles of applications, they will be looking for any mistakes – however small – as reason not to take your application further. Make sure that your CV is checked and double checked for spelling and grammatical errors – ask a friend or even a professional copy editor to look through for peace of mind.

4: Is the layout easy to read?

Any employer will want to skim through the detail in your CV, particularly if they have fifty or more applications to go through. Your best selling points need to stand out within seconds, so look at your CV again and make sure that the layout is clear and easy to read. A short personal summary of your key unique selling points is a great way to get employers interested. Your font size should be at least 11 or 12 so that employers don’t have to strain to read the text, and there needs to be good, even spacing between lines. Try to make sure that you don’t use 10 words where 4 will do, and use bold headers to break up text and keep employers wanting to read more.

Your CV is your most important tool when applying for jobs, so it’s vital to put time and effort into making sure that it truly works for you and not against you. Listen to any feedback that you get, and tweak your CV as necessary. Remember that your CV is the first step towards your dream job, so celebrate your successes and achievements and send it out today!

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