A good CV can vary in length, depending on factors including the seniority of the role you are applying for, your age (more work history) and for technical positions. As a general rule we would suggest that you try to keep your CV to a maximum of two to three pages, so that prospective employers are not overwhelmed by the amount of information included.
If you have an extensive work history, it may be worth only including your last three to five roles on your CV. Keep the information you do include concise and utilise bullet points where you can to give only relevant information.
Tailor your CV
It’s great to have a generic CV to send out to multiple employers but this doesn’t always work and to get the best results from your job application, you should tailor your CV for each role that you are applying for.
Use the Job Description document provided to pick out key skills, experience and other information which is relevant to the job and use this to tailor your CV. For example, if a role requires effective communication skills then you could include your experience of presenting team briefings or chairing staff meetings.
When writing a CV you need to remember that this is your chance to sell yourself and you should use language that strikes confidence in an employer, words such as ‘achieved’, ‘decisive’ and ‘revolutionised’ can help to emphasise your skills and experience and really drive the point home.
If you have surpassed your targets or been recognised for going the extra-mile, be sure to include this information in your CV but never, ever, ever fabricate details or lie on your CV as nine times out of 10 an employer or recruiter will drill down on this information and if you are found to have bent the truth then your credibility will be lost in an instant and so will the job prospect.
Have references available
If you can provide two professional references on your CV make sure you include them. It’s always a good idea to inform the referee or get permission to include their details first but having visible references will give confidence to the employer and may speed up the application process later down the line. If you can’t include the details of your referee’s, then you can always add that references are available upon request.
Hopefully the above support can help to create a fantastic CV but if you are still struggling, why not download our template CV to kick start your progress or feel free to contact our consultants for further advice.