Do you keep putting off writing your CV? Whether it’s because you don’t know where to start, or because you feel like you’re just going to wait until you actually need to apply for a job, I hope this post will help. Here are my 5 top tips for perfecting your CV and getting the job you have your sights set on!
1. Use a template from the Essex CV pack
Using a template ensures that you are getting the right information down on your CV and are showing potential employers the things they want to see! The Essex CV pack currently has 7 different CV templates depending on the type of CV that you need to write. It really helps to have a template as it gives you a starting point for how a CV should look and be formatted. It also seems like a lot less work when you have a template in front of you so there’s no excuses not to have an up to date CV!
2. Try to include your personality
Employers will see plenty of CVs that just have an applicant’s grades and experience on them. Try and include your personality in your profile or achievements section. If you love travelling or enjoy cycling, make sure to include these things. You want to appear like a person on your CV and not just a set of credentials. This can help to set you apart from the other applicants competing for the same job.
3. Tailor it to the job
Make sure to include the key skills and keywords that the job you are applying for requires. It’s always a good idea to create a general CV then tailor it for each job you apply for. This helps you to show off the skills you have that the employer is looking for. It also makes the employer feel like you aren’t just sending out your CV to every job vacancy available and that you actually want the job and are suited to it.
4. Use a CV checklist
You can find a great one on the Essex CV pack here. Make sure to check your CV ticks every box – it’s a great idea to get a friend, who can be more objective than you, to check it too. I would recommend taking time after writing your CV to review it so you can look at it with a fresh mind and be ruthless in cutting out the sections you don’t need.
5. Get it checked by a professional
Pop into the Employability and Careers Centre and book an appointment to get your CV checked over. You’ll get great advice about how to improve your CV and if you need an application checked over they can do this too! It’s really worth getting someone to check over your CV and cover letter before you apply to an important job. These little tweaks could be the difference between getting a rejection or an interview for your dream job.
I hope these tips have given you motivation to start writing a CV or to just refresh your current one! Good luck with your job applications, working alongside your degree helps you to gain great experience, and of course, helps with the bills!