Employers usually receive large numbers of job applications for each position, so it is important that your CV is professional and sending out the right message. There are various resources across the web that you can utilise to measure how effective your CV is, including free CV reviews which we offer here at CV Nation. Here are some tips from our professional CV writers to ensure your CV stands out and makes a good first impression.
Focusing on your key achievements in your CV is a great way of impressing recruiters. As recruiters and employers sift through hundreds of CVs, one of the key things they want to see is how you can add value. The most effective way to do this is with specific numerical details that demonstrate the tangible results you have delivered. For example, ‘Improved customer satisfaction’ doesn’t instil much confidence in the reader regarding the legitimacy of the achievement. On the other hand, ‘Reduced customer complaints in the Birmingham branch by 18% by removing bureaucratic processes to decrease waiting times’. This achievement tells the employer what you achieved, where you achieved it and how you achieved it.
Make your achievements stand out even more using active verbs and dynamic language. Avoid passive language to ensure you come across as an achiever who plays an active role in the success of operations. Getting your key achievements across in the right way is one of the most important approaches to professional CV writing.
Length and Content Volume
A good CV can be anything from one page to four pages. But, ideally, you should be aiming for a two-page CV. In most cases, this will give you adequate room to showcase your experiences and skills and sell yourself to the reader. If you have little work experience, a one-page CV might be a better option.
Try to focus on the key points rather than squeezing in as much text as possible and ensure to use bullet points for ease of reading. CVs that are too wordy are a big turn-off for recruiters. Not only are they unattractive and unpleasant to read, but the most important information is also difficult to locate. Somewhere in the middle of those large chunks of text in your CV might be a key achievement or a central piece of information that could have a very positive impact on the employer. Unfortunately, there is a good chance he or she won’t manage to find it.
Grammar and spelling errors throughout your CV are an easy to way to end up in the no pile. Anything from apostrophes in the wrong place to minor spelling mistakes can result in your job application being chucked out. Grammar and spelling errors scream unprofessionalism, which is exactly the image you don’t want to portray on your first interaction with a potential employer.
Many people aren’t spelling and grammar experts, so in many cases it pays to ask someone who has the know-how and writing expertise to proofread your CV prior to sending it off to recruiters. Here at CV Nation, we offer CV proofreading services at competitive prices, so don’t hesitate to ask us to check your CV before you compete your job application or post your CV on job boards.