The Christmas break is often a time for many people to reassess their life (especially work life!) and the New Year often brings with it the big decision to look for a new role. 

As such we are seeing a marked increase in the number of CVs finding their way to us over the last two weeks.  A large part of the job of a recruitment consultant is to spend a number of hours sifting these applications for a variety of roles and it has struck us that job seekers seem to have forgotten that key saying “first impressions count”

We are finding an error free CV a breath of fresh air when really it should be the norm.

This is therefore an issue that needs to be addressed as we as consultants (and we know of several of our clients) are inclined to right off potentially good candidates due to lazy errors on CVs. 

A “bad” CV shows a lack of care and attention to detail as well as a generally lackadaisical attitude to job hunting.  Think of it from an employers point of view, seriously, why would you employ someone who can’t even be bothered to spell check their CV!?

Always remember this two page document (if it is over two pages you are waffling and need to cut some out!) is potentially the most important document you will write (if you want a job that is) and you need to make it more than just a piece of paper. 

It ideally needs to tell the potential employer that you are the one for the role in regard to qualifications, skills and attitude.

A CV should list the following:

  1. Your name and contact details – funnily enough we cannot give you a job if we cannot get in touch with you.
  2. A profile – what your strengths and future aspirations are.
  3. Education – most recent first. 
  4. Work history – again most recent first and bullet point your duties – we are not psychic and do not know what you do on a daily basis.
  5. Computer skills, languages and any other specific skills (first aid, health & safety etc)
  6. Hobbies / interests – very important as it gives the employer an idea of whether you will fit into their current team.  Try not to put socialising as it implies you will always have Monday off!

So, to secure the interview for your dream job:

  1. Always send a cover letter ensuring the name of the contact and the company are correct.  Also check your sign off – a letter to Mr J Bloggs does not end Yours faithfully!
  2. Check the font, size of font, bullet points, line spacing, dates and bold/underlined are consistent throughout the document. 
  3. Don’t waste space by putting unnecessary information on – we do not need to know
  4. Always list positives andnever complain about previous/current employers
  5. Most importantly check the spelling and grammar!!!!

Once you have what you consider the finished article, get a second opinion from someone you trust, or pop in and have a chat with one of our consultants who can give you an unbiased opinion, make any required changes and then complete the application process as soon as possible. 

Even if you don’t get the job, at least you will know it is because you did not have the relevant skills, not that your CV was a load of rubbish!