Top Insider Tips for Creating an Outstanding CV

Top Insider Tips for Creating an Outstanding CV

When applying for a job, the first step is to create an accurate CV that makes you stand out and shows off your skills and strengths. It is your only chance at a first impression, and you want to ensure that you put your best foot forward. When putting your CV together here are a few fundamental tips to create an outstanding CV.

When applying for a job, the first step is to create an accurate CV that makes you stand out and shows off your skills and strengths. It is your only chance at a first impression, and you want to ensure that you put your best foot forward. When putting your CV together here are a few fundamental tips to create an outstanding CV. 


1. Get to the point – HR managers and recruiters are inundated with a high volume of CV’s. In order to engage with them aim to keep your CV no longer than 2 pages. On average employees spend 8 seconds scanning over a CV. Make sure that your most important details are included in a succinct style which highlights your strong points for the role.

2. A for Accurate – Be confident that all your details are up to date and totally truthful. If your CV is out of date or includes inaccuracies, these will come out in the interview or reference stage anyway, and will reflect badly on your application in general. It is essential to include your most recent details and be completely transparent in your education and work experience.

3. Taylor it, one size does not fit all – In order to be the best candidate for the role that you are applying for, you should personalise your CV for each application to highlight your specific strengths for that specific role. Each job requires different skills and attributes. Consider what they are looking for and highlight the suitable attributes for each position by relating your abilities to the job.

4. Personal details – Include your personal details on the CV – your name, address, mobile number and email so that it is easy to contact you. If it is relevant for the application, you can also include a link to your LinkedIn account or social media accounts such as Twitter or your blog. It is also good to include some unique and interesting information about yourself to help you stand out and some of your top personal achievements or awards.

5. Edit, edit, edit – Errors in punctuation, spelling or grammar are a big mistake to have in your CV. It reflects badly on you and can make you seem sloppy or careless. Even if you are in a hurry to submit an application or send your CV to your recruiter, edit it several times to make sure it is fault free. You could ask someone else to read over it for you, as another pair of eyes is always good to spot something you are overlooking, and also give you feedback on the overall content and structure of your CV.
Today, in the information age, there are many templates and sample CV’s online that one can look at and use for your layout. Include these top tips and you are on your way to a successful job application. You can also discuss it with you recruiter, and TH Recruitment would be happy to give you further feedback on your CV. Keep your CV simple for easy reading, highlight your strengths and then believe in yourself, and you would have already taken a big step forward to getting the job of your dreams.

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