Your CV is the first thing a recruiter will see, so it’s not something you should take lightly. It’s an important part of your career journey, so make sure you do it right. We see hundreds of CV’s, often for the same role, so how can you ensure yours stands out?
So we have pulled together our top tips to create the best CV for your next opportunity:
- Ignore the 2 page rule. Why? Because fitting all of your experience and achievements on two pages can be pretty tricky. You need to sell yourself, so don’t sell yourself short. Ensure what you do include is relevant and the information is accurate.
- The objective of your first page is to encourage the reader to turn to the next page. The first page should have all your best bits. You need to include a summary on your first page. This needs to be short, concise and punchy. It needs to grab your reader’s attention and make them sit up and take notice.
- You don’t have to be traditional. Grab their attention. In the world of Marketing and Sales, you can afford to be a bit different. Treat yourself as a piece of content (you’re a marketer) think about the info you want to get across in a content piece and that’s relevant to your bullet points and successes.
- Remember your audience. Think about who is going to be reading your CV and what they want to see. Talk in their language.
- First page to include:
- Profile. What do you want out of your next role
- What experience do you have that’s relevant for the job you are applying for
- Marketing Skills
- Software used
- Achievements – be specific, remember statistics and ROI
- Link to an online portfolio – evidence what you can do. If you have a blog, or professional social media sites or an online platform that can demonstrate who you are, what you have done and what you can do.
- Use statistics and percentages to show the impact you have made on the business. It’s all well and good saying what you have done, but to provide actual stats and ROI, is what the business wants to see.