10 tips for a job winning CV
You could be the best person for the job but you won’t get an interview if your CV isn’t up to scratch. IrishJobs.ie’s General Manager Orla Moran says you need to follow 10 simple rules when it comes to writing a job winning CV.
“You could be the best person for the job but you won’t even get an interview if your CV isn’t up to scratch.” advises Orla Moran, General Manager of IrishJobs.ie.
If you spend some time and prepare a well written, professional looking CV which is tailored to the job you’re applying for, then your chances of getting an interview increase dramatically.
Here are the IrishJobs.ie’s 10 tips to help you write a job winning CV.
1. Keep it to 2 Pages
Short is best. There are a few different types of CV format but they all follow a formula. It is relatively easy to stick to two pages; especially if you cut out the waffle.
2. Tailor your CV to the Role
HR managers have seen thousands of CVs; they can spot a generic CV in a second. It’s important to write your CV specifically for the job for which you are applying.
3. Choose the Right CV Type
There are two commonly used types of CV. The first is the Chronological CV and it’s by far the most widely used format and outlines your work experience and education. It is the best option if you plan to stay in the same industry and have no gaps in your work history. The second is the Functional or ‘Skills-Based' CV which focuses on your achievements and skills rather than on experience and education. It is a good option if you have a gap in your work history, are planning to change careers or are just starting out in the workplace.
4. Follow the Correct Format
Typically, this means beginning with your name, address and contact details. Then you would include a Personal Statement, Education, Work History, Skills, Achievements and Hobbies. However, this is not necessarily set in stone. You need to maximise the impact of your application which may mean changing the layout. For instance, you might wish to highlight your experience which means placing Work History above Education.
Don't forget HR managers will work across many devices so save and send your CV as a PDF to avoid any issues with layout.
5. Choose the Right Font
Times New Roman is one of the most commonly used fonts but you may find that Cambria or Calibri are better options for digital applications. The ideal font size is 11; keep in mind the hiring manager will be scanning your CV so it needs to be nice and easy to read.
6. Keep it Neat & Tidy
Proofread your CV to check for spelling and grammatical errors, ensure there is plenty of white space included. Each section should be clearly outlined and it is also a good idea to use high quality white or cream paper if sending a CV by mail.
7. Support Claims with Specifics
Employers want specifics so include data to support your claims. A good example would be “I helped reduce the company’s annual overheads from £20,000 a year to £14,000 within 12 months of taking up the role.”
8. Include ‘Power’ Words
Add words such as ‘achieved’, ‘supervised’, ‘launched’ and ‘co-ordinated’ when describing your work achievements.
9. Add Details of Professional Qualifications
If you completed a course and received a qualification relevant to the job opening, then include it. This added bit of expertise could be the difference between getting an interview and being left disappointed.
10. Include a Personal Statement
Many people neglect to include this at the start of their CV which is a big mistake. A personal statement can help identify your strengths and immediately show that you have the right skills for the job.
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