1.Keep it punchy and straight to the point
CVs shouldn’t be more than 2 pages. On average, employers spending only 8 seconds looking at any CV – make those 8 seconds count – save the detail for the interview.
2.Tailor your CV
Tailor your CV to match the job description. Include examples of where you have demonstrated the skills they require e.g. If they are looking for someone who is a team player – give them an example of you acting as a team player.
3.Make your CV look good
It seems like everything is about appearance these days. Make sure your CV looks presentable. Use justified text, headings, bullet points, spacing, but please do not add colours and fancy fonts – these can be interpreted as unprofessional.
4.Show the maths
For example, if you are illustrating your leadership skills and your ability to increase engagement in tasks – demonstrate this by adding numbers. If you started a new club at school, show how many people you managed to recruit, and how many people you managed to keep involved – e.g. Within 1 year of starting the football team, we had 2 teams of 12 people in each and a 98% attendance for weekly training sessions.
Make sure you have read over your CV. There is nothing worse to an employer than a CV that hasn’t been proof read. It would help if you could give a copy to someone to see whether they can spot any mistakes.