Posted on 1st December 2020 at 14:42
CVs come in thick and fast for positions in the current market place, so when employers are looking to whittle the list down quickly they spend even less time sifting the CVs to ensure they have the most relevant candidates left on the shortlist.
We have already covered in previous articles how to make sure you have covered some of the basics in terms of text, colour and layout of your CV, so here are a few more tips on getting the right content in front of your potential new employer:
1 – Where are you?
It sounds simple, but you would be surprised how wrong people get this. Some applicants completely remove their address details, others put their full postal address including the words United Kingdom as they want to show they are based in the country to differentiate themselves from those looking to relocate from overseas.
But what information does an employer actually want to see? Well believe it or not the best outcome is something simple like:
Market Harborough, LE16 7WB
This tells the employer where you are based, without providing them a full long address – if you have the space and your CV is not in desperate need of shortening then by all means put your full address but keep it on one line and place it with your contact details (mobile and email) not floating on its own in a random place on your CV.
Don’t make the client work hard to find out whether you are in a good location for the role, and if you are looking to relocate to a specific area then put this in your address details – if this is not obvious from your CV then how is the employer meant to know your intentions?
2 – Age, sex, pet’s name…
We have a range of discrimination laws in the UK to protect individuals, so do not waste space on your CV with details that the client does not need – they don’t need to know your pet’s name or how many DVDs are in your tv cabinet, so why do they need to have your date of birth on your CV?
The aim of your CV is to show them why you are suitable for the role you have applied for, so your aim in creating the CV and organising the design of it should be in getting all the relevant – and only the relevant – information in front of the potential employer in as clear and concise fashion as possible.
3 – Awww pretty pictures!
Ok so this does seem close to the obvious given the last point but it should be pointed out that if you are not including information like date of birth, and you are trying to keep the CV as on point as possible, then surely it makes sense not to take up space with a picture of yourself?
Likewise some CVs come through with the logo of previous or current employers on them, and whilst this does add a splash of colour and visually break things up from the standard text based CV, then it does not add value to the content of your work history or education, and this is where you want employers focusing their attentions.
You do not need to tell potential employers your marital status, or the names of your children, your religious beliefs or the town you were born in… keep your CV on point and based around your suitability for the role, keep the pictures off the CV and let them know who you are, where you are based and why you are the right person for the role!
Hopefully if you have now followed the 9 tips we have provided (3 here and 6 more in our previous entries) then you should now be on the way to having a well organised CV with only relevant information displayed on it.
To follow there will soon be more in-depth tips on the content and displaying of your work history, education and relevant details when applying for new positions.
Look out for the next tips coming shortly!
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