Are you applying for positions but not securing interviews? Or has it been a long time since you applied for a new job? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, follow the guidelines below to ensure that your CV is maximising the opportunities for which you are applying. 
 
 
 
 
 
Over the last few months applications for each job advertised has increased, a lot, so recruiters have less time to be impressed by your CV. In fact the average time they will take to scan your CV is 7 seconds, so make this 7 seconds count. 
 
Read on to get our top tips on reviewing and updating your CVs. 
 
Length: 
Your CV should not be longer than 2 pages, this does not mean reducing the font to be so small it makes it difficult to read, stick with a standard, clear, legible font 11. Do not be fooled in thinking lots of fancy colours will make it more noticeable, recruiters are not impressed by the colour of your CV, so stick to Black. 
 
Layout: 
Ensure your name and contact details and at least your postcode or town are positioned at the top of page 1. Recruiters won’t spend time trawling your CV for your phone number or even calling you to find out if your location is right for the position they are trying to fill. Age discrimination laws mean you do not need to disclose your age, so avoid putting your date of birth on your CV.Personal Statement: 
This is an important part of your CV that many people get wrong, your personal statement should come underneath your name and contact details and be around 5 lines long. Use this paragraph to sell yourself to your potential employer, describing your skills, what you have to offer and your career aims. You can change this for individual jobs you are applying for by linking your skills to those listed in the job spec for the role you are applying. 
Remember keep it short and sweet and give the recruiter wanting to find out more. 
 
Personal Statement: 
This is an important part of your CV that many people get wrong, your personal statement should come underneath your name and contact details and be around 5 lines long. Use this paragraph to sell yourself to your potential employer, describing your skills, what you have to offer and your career aims. You can change this for individual jobs you are applying for by linking your skills to those listed in the job spec for the role you are applying. 
Remember keep it short and sweet and give the recruiter wanting to find out more. 
 
Employment History: 
List your Job title, company of employment and highlight these in bold along with the dates worked there in brackets, starting with your most recent role first. 
Remember to keep your CV to two pages so if you have a long work history, limit this to the last 10 years, as the world moves so quickly anything prior to this is irrelevant. 
Think about each role and what your responsibilities were, clearly describing key points in which you were involved, end by listing any achievements that may have had a positive impact on your role and the company. 
Education: 
You only need to include qualification subject, grade, date and institution there is no need to add any further information. 
 
Additional: 
Remove anything that isn’t work related such as photos, date of birth, marital status, religion, children, anything that people may judge you on, this information is not relevant to the role you are applying for so do not add it. 
Instead you can add anything that you may feel makes you stand out from the other candidates applying, additional skills or information that can strengthen your application such as language skills, relevant training or awards. Avoid just writing that you “love going to the gym and socialising with friends”, this is valuable space on your two pages that you could use to sell yourself. 
 
References: 
Finish your CV with the line "References Available on Request". This will show recruiters this is the end of your CV and that you are keen control of your references. There are also GDPR issues with putting reference details on your CV. 
 
Finally, read back through what you have written, you could even ask someone else to double check it to ensure that no spelling or grammar errors have gone unnoticed. As mentioned previously, a recruiter will only take around 7 seconds to decide whether to read on or reject your CV, if there are any errors this is a sure-fire way to end up on the reject pile, so ensure everything is correct before pressing send. 
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