The right things in the right places!
Posted on 18th November 2020 at 10:32
Designing your CV is not just about having the right content, but also about having that content in the right places and in a manner that makes it appealing for the reader!
We have previously outlined that the font choice, the font size and colour are crucial in setting the professional tone of your CV, but now we need to think about the layout of the content to ensure it is ticking the boxes for your intended new employer to read.
1 – Who are you?
At the top of your CV should be a profile about you, a brief introduction paragraph that provides an insight into who you are and what you could bring to the business. Applying for a role that you already have experience in? Make sure you demonstrate this! Or maybe a role that you have all the right qualifications for? Then tell the employer right at the beginning of the CV! This is your chance to get an “about you” element of your CV right in front of the employer at the beginning and encourage them to read the remainder of your CV. Be sure to keep this section to the point – it should be around 5 lines or so long, not exhausting to read and taking over the page – keep it simple and to the point to encourage them to want to read more!
2 – Tailor what you tell someone!
The role you are applying for this time – is it the same as the last role that you sent your CV for? Are you able to do both Sales and Customer Service positions, and having just applied for a Sales role with the last click of a mouse, are you about to now apply for a Customer Service position? Will both employers want to read the same thing about you? Could you have a tailored CV for sales roles and a different tailored version for customer service roles? Think about creating a core CV that holds all of your information, and then saving a couple of different versions of this depending on the type of roles you are applying for – one for administration, one for PA roles for example – some core skills that are the same but some key buzzwords that will be different. Think about who is going to read your CV – what do they want to see? Remember this profile section at the top of your CV is your chance to sell yourself!
3 – Great CV, but how do I contact you?
So it may seem obvious, but have you made it easy to contact you now that you have applied for the role? As recruiters one of our pet hates is reading these CVs that have no contact details on, or certain key contact details missing! It may be the greatest and most relevant CV that the employer receives, but by not including your phone number AND your email address then you have potentially not only limited your chances of hearing back about your role, but maybe also annoyed the key decision maker who is involved in determining your success. Only your phone number on there? What if the invites for interview are sent out on email? Likewise if you only have an email address, what happens if they want to phone candidates for an initial screening? Your CV needs to make it as easy as possible for a potential employer to get in touch with you!
And keeping in mind the layout element we mentioned, what order should all of this be in? Well your name should clearly by at the top of your CV so they know whose CV it is, so it makes the most sense for your contact details to be with this – so whilst we made contact details the final point of our 3 point tips then we encourage you to get this done first.
Then move on to your profile about you, and then further on to the bulk detail of your CV – tips on this content to come in the coming weeks – but first check your CV hits these marks mentioned above and in our previous articles, hopefully your CV is starting to come together now!
Look out for the next tips coming shortly!
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