Posted February 13, 2017 | Career Advice | No Comments »

How to Woo a Recruiter With Your CV

How to Woo a Recruiter With Your CVLet’s face it, writing your CV is not something that fills you with joy and excitement, right? But then again, reading a CV which has had no thought given to it nor any real time spent on it… as recruiters, this is something that fills our hearts with sorrow.

Seriously. Finding a candidate who is ticking all the boxes throughout their CV only to discover that they have not included their contact details or that there are multiple spelling or grammatical errors – is frustrating, to say the least. Over the years, we have had our fair share of both absolutely amazing and utterly awful CVs.

So we have decided to put together our “do’s and don’ts” of CV writing just in time for Valentine’s day, meaning you can woo us with your fantastic CV writing skills!

Here we go:

1.Contact Details

PLEASE make these a priority when you’re writing your CV. Amongst the hundreds of CVs we receive each year, around 20% don’t include their contact details. Yes, really! It is also good if you can include two forms of contact i.e email address and telephone number – this makes it a whole lot easier for us to get in touch with you when the perfect job comes up.

  1. Simple Layout

When reading a CV, we want to be able to follow a natural flow through it, to pick out the key pieces of information we need. Keeping things simple, clean and easy to read will ensure success! However, if you are applying for a creative or graphic role, you can use your creativity and show us what you can do. Take a look at this “Message From a Graduate” by Matthew Rennie for inspiration!

  1. Write a Profile 

Writing a profile is essential. It lets the reader understand your level of skills and knowledge whilst getting a feel for you as a person. Remember to tailor your profile to each job role you apply for and highlight why you are suitable for the role.

  1. Highlight Your Skills

Make your most relevant skills and experience prominent, it encourages the reader to find out more about you. Writing a Technical CV? Create a skills summary (or “tech spec” as we call it). It allows the reader to quickly identify your primary skillset.

  1. Your Achievements

Focus on your achievements and not your responsibilities. We want to find out what you have DONE, not what just what you’ve been involved in. Tell us about your projects, products you’ve launched, software that you have developed, awards won – we want to see your skills and knowledge put into play. Applying for a role that focuses on KPI’s? Try and quote figures to support your achievements, if possible.

  1. Keep it Concise 

Have you got a lot of experience, training certificates or worked on a number of different projects etc? Tell us about them! Don’t be scared to use a few pages to write your CV. However, keep it concise. Make sure that the information you’re giving us is relevant, and it will be something that we will consider when evaluating you as a candidate.

  1. Confidence & Positivity

YOU know that you are good at what you do but, WE need to know this too. Using positive language and writing your CV in a confident* manner can really help to make your CV stand out. (*See the difference between confidence and arrogance…there is a fine line.)

  1. Proofread 

This should be listed twice because it is so important. Overlooking spelling and grammar mistakes is so easy to do – ask someone else to read over your CV, a fresh pair of eyes can spot simple errors that you will not be able to. If you don’t ask someone to read it over, try Grammarly, it helps with grammar and spelling. These simple mistakes can cost. To us, simple errors like this can really put us off a candidate – it signals a lack of effort and poor attention to detail. Once you’re confident there are no spelling or grammatical errors, you need to ask yourself; a) does it read well? b) does it make sense to someone reading it for the first time? c) does it describe what you do and how well you do it?

Only after answering those questions can you be truly confident that your CV is up to standard.

Things To Avoid

These are what we suggest you do not include in your CV:

  • Fun fonts. They are rarely ever fun and 100% not appropriate when writing your professional CV. Ditch them in favour of something simple, like Arial.
  • A photo – we don’t need to see what you look like, it is irrelevant.
  • A list of all the one-day training courses you have ever been on
  • Sensitive information.
  • Please do not change your previous job titles to match the job you’re applying for! (Yep, some people do this).
  • Lies. We are pretty good at spotting them so please just don’t.

With this information now firmly in your hands, we invite you to get in contact and woo us! Happy Valentine’s day!


How to Woo a Recruiter With Your CV

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