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)
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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