So, before you start drafting your CV, ask yourself ” if I was filtering through applications for these roles what would my screening criteria be? ” Highlight the key words and phrases that the recruiter is asking for. Now draft your CV as described below, incorporating the same or very similar key words and phrases.
Go into specific detail only about skills that are relevant to the role and provide examples of where you have successfully used these skills in the past. This is explained in more detail in the career history section, below. First, let’s look at the overall design of the document.
The look of the CV
Use a standard word template, lots of white space with a clean look. In a standard font, type size no smaller than 11. Two pages please. Maximum three. Let’s look now at each component of the contemporary CV in the order they usually appear.
Name and address: Make sure your address includes the first four digits of your post-code. Otherwise, your CV will be invisible if it is posted on job boards like this one and recruiters are searching its database. They start with a geographical restriction (eg 25 miles of IG10) in order to filter relevant CVs.
You probably only need a mobile number. Put a personal voicemail on there, not just the factory setting. Recruiters like to hear your professional telephone manner and know they are leaving messages for the right person. If you are including a home number then ensure that other family members answer appropriately and pass on messages.
Use a professional one that you monitor on a regular basis.
Not necessary to put anything unless it is obvious that you are applying from outside the UK/Europe in which case you might want to include information about your eligibility to work here – eg Nationality: Indian, Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) Migrant, eligible to work in the UK for 2 years. Photo: Don’t include one unless it is relevant to the job and you are asked to do so.
Personal statement section:
This statement or profile section at the beginning of the CV should state what you have done in the past, what you want to do next and the skills that bridge the two. It should sum up the whole document and explain to the reader why your application is relevant to them. Keep it simple and specific.
Remember that you are competing against many other candidates so this section should explain what makes you stand out. The rest of the document provides evidence of this.