[This Post originally appeared on the GM Chamber of commerce website as a Guest Blog post by Tom Linn, Thomas Cole Project Manager]
One thing that has always surprised me is the quality of some of the CVs that come in. I thought I would put together a checklist of tips and things to avoid when sending in your CV for a job application.
Things to avoid:
- Misspellings and grammatical errors
- No examples of work (if possible to provide)
- Irrelevant content at the top – get to the point, if you are applying for a job as a designer put your design experience at the top and examples of work along with any qualifications.
- A lengthy CV – don’t make it five pages long, sometimes too much information can go against you, so condense where possible by removing irrelevant information.
- An unprofessional email address – keep it professional! Not something like “email@example.com”
- Sending the same CV to multiple jobs without tweaking to fit the job spec.
Tips for a good CV:
- A well set out page so it is easily readable.
- A bit of colour where relevant can sometimes help to break up the text
- Add relevant experience at the top
- Add your contact details
- Send examples of work (if applicable)
- Get somebody else to read over it and give their opinion
- Write a covering letter
- Add on any additional training you’ve undertaken
- Keep it up to date
You may be surprised how you can find yourself at the top of the pile by following these simple steps.
On a recent job I advertised, only 4-5 of the 40 applications matched the above and naturally they were all offered interviews.
Thanks for reading.