Tips to help you create a CV that will help you to secure interviews.

1. Focus on your end goals

What it is that you want? What is your goal? What roles are you interested in?

Writing your CV will be easier when you have a goal, and will ensure you are heading in the right direction.

2. Layout

Formatting and text/font should be consistent and neat.

3. Key skills/ Areas of expertise

To increase your chance of success, make sure that your CV match the keys skills employers are looking for in the job description.

Consider creating a ‘Key Skills’ or “Section” at the top of your CV and include important skills within your role descriptions.

4. Your CV needs to be easy to read

You should have a profile statement at the top of your CV, and it should be relatively short, 3 or 4 sentences. It should cover who you are (job title), and a couple more specifics about your relevant experience and what you are now looking for.

In regards to your roles description, my advice would be to use bullet points under each position. The most recent or relevant jobs having slightly more bullet points than your previous jobs. HR and recruiters will not spend a long time reading long paragraphs.

5. Tailor your CV to each role

As each role is different, the best way to make sure your meet the requirement of the role, it is to look through your CV and make sure it shows each skill and qualification required in the job description.

6. Check and double check

Ask people you trust to read through your CV for errors, typos or fluency. There is no excuse for mistakes.

Your current job should start in the present tense i.e. managing, leading, handling, overseeing and previous jobs should be in the past i.e managed, led, handled, oversaw.

This is a mistake I often see.

6. Length of your CV

I would recommend 2 pages. More than 2 pages HR and Recruiters won’t spend time reading your CV. A CV is a summary of your jobs experience, you don’t need to include everything especially if these can be explained during your interview, so don’t waste time.

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