10 ways to improve your CV

23 June 2017

Your CV needs to impress quickly. Employers scrolling through thousands of CVs at a time don’t always have time to study it in depth so you need to make it stand out against the others and impress, quickly. 

Here are out 10 tips:

Look through job specifications online and identify what the recruiters are looking for. Include most relevant experience and get rid of anything that is taking up valuable space.

Your CV needs to be clear, neat and easy to read. Use bullet points over paragraphs and add more detail into the cover letter or in an interview rather than trying to pack it all onto the CV. One page is preferable but try not to go over two pages.

Your CV should be neat and well formatted. Get friends and family to proof read as there is no excuse for typos or grammar mistakes. Employers may immediately dismiss your CV if found.

Place the most relevant info at the beginning of the document. E.g. note key job responsibilities in the first sentences.

Don’t include a photo – unless it’s a modelling job!

Don’t include references at this stage in the process. Employers may ask for references later on, but they will just waste valued space during the CV filtering stage. 

This is important when dealing with database job boards and recruiting software. A useful tip is: words that are mentioned several times in the job spec should appear throughout your CV.

This short paragraph should be a summary of who you are as a person and what you are looking for. It should be short and to the point, entailing your experience and future career plans.

This can provide a talking point during interviews so that employers can get a better feel of who you are and whether you are a right fit for the company. However, be careful not to be too open and informal here.

Employers quite often look at candidate’s LinkedIn profiles when they come across a CV. Make sure your profile is up to scratch so that it can help boost your chances. See our previous blog on our website:  ‘How to improve your LinkedIn profile’ for tips.