The reader doesn’t need to know the ins and outs of everything you’ve ever done. Your CV is a short story, not War and Peace, so be succinct. The reader is looking for facts and evidence, so include things like the software you’ve used and tangible info re your accomplishments. Instead of saying, “I have good experience in all sorts of social media”, say “Professional use of Instagram, reaching 100k people a week.” Do say where you’ll be commuting from, and it’s ok to simply explain any gaps in your work history, such as parenting career breaks, or travelling. Take time to review the job adverts and person specifications for the types of jobs you’d apply for, and make sure the information you include demonstrates that you have the right skills and experience.
CV check – The Oxford Dictionary of English
Proofread, spell check, and make sure all your information is accurate. Then repeat, then do it again! A top tip for proofreading is to start at the end and read each word back to the beginning. This stops your brain from making assumptions. Or get your software to read your CV aloud to you (use “Read Aloud” under “Review” in Microsoft Word). Always try to get someone else to read your CV over. They might well spot errors and omissions that you haven’t noticed. If you know a recruiter (ahem, that’s us) or a friend who’s a prolific reader or writer – they’re the person to ask. Someone who knows you is best, as they’ll be able to review if what you’ve written is reflective of your character and experience.
CV covering letter – A Life in Letters, PG Wodehouse
Here’s where you get to be a little more creative and personable, on no more than one side of legibly sized writing on A4 paper. Address the employer directly, write in the first person and specify the reasons you’re applying, what makes you suitable. Demonstrate your experience and the skills you’d bring to the role, including relevant soft and transferable skills too, such as emotional intelligence, or being the person that people turn to. Make sure you answer the question “Why is it you would like to work there, doing this?”. Be honest, if someone you know recommended you to apply, say so – and say why. A CV tends to remain constant for every job you apply for, your letter should adapt, it’s your chance to specifically show why they should choose you.
CV help – How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
Remember, you’re not alone. Let Brampton Recruitment be part of your working life story. We can help you to pitch your CV right, and will be right by your side throughout the job-hunting process – we might just be the catalyst to your next working chapter…