Get Your Dream Job With a Killer CV
Getting a job you really want is all about making a great impression. Your CV is the critical first step in getting your foot in the door. If it doesn’t sell your skills, or promote your achievements, you might never get to the interview stage, since employers have so many CVs to sift through.
As recruiters, Fruition IT sees thousands of CVs every year, and our team knows what works and what doesn’t. Here’s our guide to getting your CV right and getting to the interview stage.
Simple and Clear
CVs should be simple and uncluttered, and should ideally be no more than three A4 pages; two is better. While pictures and backgrounds look pretty on screen, they don’t always print well, so stick to black text on white.
Make the CV easy to skim-read, so there’s no extra effort involved for the employer. For readability, include some space around the text to make it easier to scan. You can do this by including bullet point lists, or using borders around sections.
Remember: you might be one of 100 applicants, so your CV should be readable, simple and accessible: a breath of fresh air.
What to Include
Your CV is a summary of your work life, mixed with a dash of your personality. It needs to sell you: your achievements, your individuality and your talents. Think about the job you want, and write your CV to appeal to your ideal employer, listing relevant roles in chronological order (most recent first).
It’s fine to include information about who you are, and what you get up to on the weekend, but keep it wholesome – and brief.
Some employers will instantly bin a CV with grammatical mistakes. Don’t rely on spellcheck; ask a trusted friend to proofread it for you.
Honest is the Best Policy
You don’t need to list every job you’ve had, or describe every role in painstaking detail, but do fact check the contents of your CV.
Employers have ways of checking your work history, and with social media being common place, it’s relatively easily to corroborate the facts on a CV. If you lie to get a position, you could end up getting the sack, and that can ruin your reputation in the job market and make it much more difficult to get a job in future.
Think about it: if you have to lie to get a particular position, it’s obviously not right for you anyway.
When listing skills – particularly in IT – only ever include the skills that you have demonstrable experience of. Don’t list technologies you have only touched upon, or areas where your knowledge is out of date. For IT companies, it’s critical to get people with deep expertise, so a long list of technologies doesn’t help your case; it just makes you look desperate to impress.
Check Your References
It’s common to include at least two references on your CV. If you have relevant work experience, add the details for your managers. If you’ve done charity or voluntary work, you might want to add an additional character reference.
It’s critical that you ask referees before including them on your CV. Some may prefer not to give references for staff; others may ask you to route the request through the HR department.
The Covering Letter
Every time you submit your CV to someone, you must include a unique covering letter. If you demonstrate that you’ve actually read the job description, you’ll have a better chance of catching the eye straight away.
One good tip is to address your letter to the person who will be interviewing you, if you have that information to hand. They’ll instantly see that you’re prepared and engaged, and you really want to succeed on the day.
Fruition IT helps candidates succeed in finding the job they’ve been searching for. If you need any more help with your CV, call or email us today.