Your CV is your one way ticket between you and that dream job. That’s why it is vital to ensure that you’re CV stands out amongst the crowd, and gets noticed by the employer.

Cater Your CV ToThe Job You Are Applying For

To make your CV really stand out, write a cover letter for each individual job that you apply for. At first it may seem time consuming, however when an employer gets a bundle of emails full of attached CV’s, you want to do everything you can to make yours differ from the rest.  By writing a cover letter in the email, you grab the employer’s attention before they even open the CV. Make them believe that you are the right person for the job.

If you are applying for an administration job, for instance, then write your CV so it emphasises your passion for admin. Write down skills that may be useful in this line of work, such as your knowledge of computer programs. You don’t need to be an expert, but every little thing helps.

Employers Want A Person, Not A Robot

Try not to list all your qualifications and rewards and none of your personal information. Employers want to know what you can do, but they also want to know the person they might be working with. They want to know you as an individual, so list your hobbies and interests. A CV full of outstanding qualifications and experience can be overwhelming, so plan out your CV with a clear and defined layout, and write your CV like a professional and ambitious individual.

Layout And Fonts

Fonts are also an important thing to be considered when writing your CV. No employer wants to squint at a CV, barely able to read what it says; similarly they are not blind! Make sure your writing is at least size 12 in a simple font like Arial or Verdana and make it clear and readable. When setting out your CV, make sure you put your name at the top, with your address and contact number below it. This makes it easier for the employer to access your number without flicking through pages of information.

Telling The Truth

It is way too easy to tell a ‘white lie’ on your CV when the perfect job is at stake. You may even think you could get away with it, but you would be wrong. Employers can check any and all of your records, which they certainly do. Employers may ask for a reference from your old job to grasp an honest opinion. They may also ask for attendance records or even just a character reference. Reference the job you did best at as should a reference be required, you know you are getting the best possible outcome. They are there to pick the best candidate for the job, and honesty goes a long way with a reputable company. Try and gather as much proof as you can on college results and certificates.

Graham Porter works in a recruitment agency. He spends time sorting through CVs and sending them to companies who are looking for new employees. He understands the importance of honesty when dealing with a new job. You can post your CV online to this site to give you more of a fighting chance.

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