A CV is the first impression you make with a prospective employer, and its quality can determine your success. At Boom Training, we look at hundreds of CV’s every week, so here are our tips to make yours stand out.
Keep it simple!
Your employer will not have times to read through a lengthy CV, so a concise, well written CV will be refreshing and stand out. Make sure you get to the point, and delete text that repeats a point you’ve already made. Your inability to keep it short says something about your editing skills more than it says anything about your accomplishments.
Qualify your statements!
This is an easy one; if you’ve made a claim, back it up! Talk about how you have achieved your successes and don’t make general statements. The more examples you use the more professional your CV will be.
Keep it relevant!
List your most relevant experiences and qualifications first. Try and think about what responsibilities you’ve had in the past and talk about how they are relevant to the job you are applying for. This means your CV will be tailored to a specific job! Create a unique CV for every job you apply for. You don’t have to re-write the whole thing, just adapt the details so they’re relevant.
Proof read, proof read, and proof read again!
Spelling and grammar mistakes on a CV makes you look lazy, getting the basics wrong reflects poorly on you. Presentation is everything and silly mistakes will come across as unprofessional.