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Traditional Recruitment CV Writing Advice

First impressions last, and your CV is responsible for creating that vital good first impression with a potential employer or recruiter.

A busy recruiter can see up to a hundred CVs in a day, so make sure yours is not lost in the pile but instead gets noticed. Here’s how.

 

Formatting and Language

  • Choose an attractive yet simple style: avoid graphics and boxes and get the fonts right
  • Arial and Calibri are good choices in our view but just choose one that is clear
  • Bullet points make your CV easy to read and allow the reader to digest lots of information very quickly.
  • Long rambling sentences do just the opposite.
  • Use CV grammar: not necessarily sentences and paragraphs, think in terms of a concise report.
  • Avoid the use of ‘we’ and ‘our’ – instead, try to think like a journalist.
  • However, be clear on what you achieved and what you personally contributed.
  • Prioritise information so that what’s most important catches the eye first.

Structure

  • Open with a brief sketch that positions you at the right level.
  • Include interesting information pertinent to the type of position required.
  • Describe most recent jobs first.
  • Corroborate claims with evidence – include enough to appear convincing and professional.
  • Look to build a story of your career in which the strongest experience takes priority.
  • Early/minor roles from years ago have little relevance.

Tweak and Test

  • Test your CV: spell check thoroughly and try the CV out on friends and partners.
  • There is no room for error.
  • Remember this is your sales tool so invest the time to get it right.
  • It is no good knowing that you are good!
  • If the employer cannot see it on paper, you will never get the chance to meet them!

 

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