- Make sure that you focus your CV towards the key skills mentioned on the job advertisement. For example – should an advert list requirements such as an exposure to risk assessment methodologies or sales cold calling – make sure these are clearly mentioned on the first page of your CV.
- Make sure you have ALL your contact details on the first page of your CV: email address, home phone number and mobile. Recruitment can be a fast-moving business so we may have to talk to you at short notice.
- List your most advanced qualifications such as a degree or A-Levels –this is more important than including extensive details about your Schooling. As a general rule, employers are much more interested in any commercial experience you have.
- Personal profiles can be helpful, but make sure they are succinct and give an overview of your skills and aspirations – eg: ‘Graduate IT Account Manager looking to develop their career with a larger company’
- Try to be positive on your CV – avoid dwelling on failures or weaknesses; Employers are always more interested in what you do have to offer than what you do not.
- Include any skills which may be useful in a business environment, such as linguistic skills, a current driving licence, and anything that demonstrates business-friendly attributes such as team working, leadership, literacy and numeracy.
- Avoid leaving gaps in your CV; this only causes questions to be asked that can delay the recruitment process
- If you looking for your first job following university and you have no relevant work experience detail your final year project and the modules you have covered.