Read up on our tips to enhance your CV for the next time you apply for a job

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to preparing your CV, or curriculum vitae, however it does need to serve its purpose and be a succinct selling tool. After all, it is the first impression a prospective employer has of you, so you need to make sure it presents you in the best possible light. Here are a few tips to ensuring your CV ticks all the boxes next time you apply for a job.

Keep your CV up to date

A resume or CV can be looked upon as a detailed list of your education, training, employment and achievements. We tend to forget some elements over time so it is good practice to keep it up to date regularly so that it always has the latest information.

A CV requires focus

Every time you apply to a new job, your CV should be tailored to that job. It needs to focus on the attributes the employer is seeking, the skills they require in an applicant and be prepared in such a way that everything you possess is up in lights, so to speak. No one will have the time to determine exactly what you are capable of doing if you don’t make that point yourself. Ensure you pay close attention to the job advertisement and address all minimum requirements.

Short and sharp

It is essential that your CV is short and sharp, as a hiring manager typically dedicates a few short moments to every application. Eliminate waffle, utilise bullet points and bold achievements or qualifications so that they catch the eye. The maximum length for a resume is two pages and make sure it is structured logically with the relevant information first so you grab the attention of the hiring manager straight away!

Spelling and grammar

It goes without saying that you need to read and re-read your resume to ensure there are no spelling or grammatical errors. You are bound to be put into the decline pile immediately if a glaring error is spotted.

Whether you are going it alone or you have the experts at Blue Collar People supporting you through the job application process, everybody needs a great CV. Think of it as your personal marketing document. It tells an employer exactly what skills you have and why you are a perfect match. Don’t forget your cover letter too!

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