This month we are delighted to have Nicola Reece Senior Consultant in the Digital Space share with us her advice and tips for the best approach for your CV.
Are you considering a new job? Are you in fear of redundancy? Are you unhappy in your current position? Are you simply looking for a change in the company?
If yes, to any of the above, you need to create/update your resume! This may seem like an intimidating task, but it doesn’t need to be, take a look at the below hints and tips to ensure your CV is in the best shape to secure yourself plenty of interviews.
- Don’t undersell yourself! Your experience to-date has created the professional you are today, make sure you include all relevant experience/accomplishments and DO NOT down play the aspects of your job you do very well! Use your CV to showcase your talents.
- How long should a CV be? Now, this is a topic for debate, however, I believe a CV should be concise and relevant! A potential employer doesn’t want to read a 10-page document that lists every aspect of every role multiple times! Be concise and accurate with the information you detail BUT equally you do not want to miss out important projects – striking the balance of content and the length of your CV can be tricky, from my experience a well-formulated CV of 3 to 4 pages will give an individual ample opportunity to provide a thorough overview of their skills and experience.
- Ensure your LinkedIn is accurate and up to date. As we know the world wide web is an extremely valuable and powerful tool – potential employers will cross-reference and look at your LinkedIn profile. Make sure this is up-to-date and relevant to the roles you want to be securing interviews for. Ask colleagues / ex-colleagues to endorse or write a short recommendation of your work to include on your profile.
- Looking good? Don’t let your CV down by missing punctuation, grammatical errors or mix and match font. Ensure your CV is slick, eye catching and professional. Having said that, this will depend slightly on the roles you are applying for – use your initiative to ensure the CV looks relevant for your space!
- Tailor! You may be applying for various positions which would need a tailored CV – read job advertisements and ensure you have included all relevant experience in your own CV.
- Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to your resume. With a growing trend of companies undertaking background checks on candidates of interest, you don’t want to tarnish your brand or reputation by being dishonest on your CV. Ensure that your role titles on your CV are consistent with the title held in the organisation, all your dates of employment are correct and most importantly your responsibilities/duties are consistent.
Your CV is your first opportunity to impress and move forward to the initial interview…the next step from here is the all-important INTERVIEW PREPARATION!
If you would like to learn more please reach out to Nicola in person at our next event, she’s always around with a warm welcoming smile!
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