The CV that gets you the interview

  10th May 2013       Laura Webb

It’s a difficult working environment out there currently, the number of job applications for a single vacancy is often overwhelming and the competition is stiff. So how do you get your CV to the top of the pile, appear to be the golden answer to a potential employer’s staff quandary and bag yourself an interview?

CV Content
For basic content criteria; start with Personal Information, Profile, Employment History (most recent first), Education, Qualifications, Other Skills, Interests, and References. Keep things short, sharp and relevant with more emphasis on your most recent history, your current knowledge is the most practised and valuable to any employer, hopefully showing less potential problems starting up in the available role.

General Layout
The presentation of your CV should not only look professional, clear and concise it should be itemised and defined, bullet points are often a sensible approach.  Don’t over complicate the design aspects of your CV (unless you are applying for a role in a creative industry) and keep it consistent, so make sure that spacing, font and sizing remains the same throughout in a sensible format, making it easy to read with no unusual distractions.

Size-wise no more than two sides of a piece of A4 else you are verging on over-complicating your story and losing the interest of the reader.  If you have a fair amount of career history, try to stick to the key facts to limit your point, keep it punchy but with a wealth of information.

CV and covering letter tailored to the job you’re applying for
Each job is very different, therefore so should be your approach to attempting to get it, this includes the skills, experiences, knowledge and any other main attributes they are looking for.  Adjusting your CV to better serve a certain job can really enhance the focus that you are the right person for the job, pin-pointing the exact requirements shown on their job description and responding to them makes easy reading for a potential employer, firmly putting you in the’ yes’ pile.

Career gaps and specialities

Everyone has some time off from work during the expanse of their career history; however it’s not always a good thing leaving an empty space on your CV. You may have taken time to raise a family, gone travelling or for voluntary work – provide the details, the employer wants to know about you as well as your career. This is what makes you special, so add in your unusual achievements, additional short courses or life experiences where possible too.

Spelling and copy
So many times employers express that they have read a candidates CV which is saying all the right things just to be let down with the attention to detail. This translates that details are not important to this person, even though that may not be the truth.  Read your CV through twice and then again and if you can get someone else to proof-read it for you, it’s surprising the mistake you can’t see for yourself and how easily it is to make the odd typo.

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Laura Webb

Operations Support Manager

Having joined Bond Williams Professional Recruitment in 2011 initially within the commercial division for 3 years, Laura worked within compliance & business support for 2 years before furthering her career as Office Manager in 2017 and then as Operations Support Manager in 2019. Responsible for ensuring the smooth running of …

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