Help Your Candidate Present the Best CV

A well crafted CV can help your candidate get that all important foot in the door - first impressions count!

A good CV should:

  • Include up-to-date contact details
  • List relevant qualifications
  • State previous roles in reverse chronological order, i.e. most recent role first
  • Explain the responsibilities of each of their previous roles
  • Include notable successes they achieved in each position to demonstrate how they have added real value
  • Be tailored to a particular job or organisation - question the relevance of everything they include
  • Not leave any unexplained gaps – if they have travelled or been out of work, say so.
  • Create an impact with ‘action words’, e.g. ‘successfully completed’, ‘energetically lead’.
  • Make sure that everything is truthful and that it can be verified

How the document looks and reads is often as important as what it contains:

  • Ensure sentences are no longer than about 15 words and keep paragraphs under five lines long - use bullet points instead
  • Keep to two pages if possible - and definitely no more than three - but keep lots of ‘white space’
  • Choose a simple, black font and keep to a white background (unless you are using your own company template or pro forma)
  • Only highlight headings using italics or bold; avoid capitals and underlining, e.g.

Start / End Dates & Company Name:
Brief overview of the company (e.g. size, turnover, market share, what it does)

Job Title:
Brief description of the role, who they reported in to.

Level of responsibility, skills used.

Successes of note, measurable impact on business.

Always send a summary sheet to your client to include:

  • Sell the benefits of taking the candidate
  • A paragraph summarising why they are suited for the role and why they would like the role
  • The candidates availability and salary expectation

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