In the competitive UK job market the CV is the most important tool to search for a job. To be succeed it is necessary to have a very good CV. Next, check out the tips from Siomara Jubert, who specializes in CVs and Carrer Coach, to have a perfect CV!
Step 1 CV file name
You might have heard that is good practice to tailor your CV to each role you apply for. And it might seem silly and a very minor detail how you name of your CV file, but remember: the beauty is on the detail.
Well done you if you are already adapting your CV to each you apply for. However, the recruiter does not need to know you are applying for hundreds of vacancies. Naming your CV ‘Sales CV’ or ‘version 2′ or ‘CV August 17’ does not sound very attractive. If you name your CV that way it will be a strong hint to the recruiter or hiring manager that you do have 100 different versions of it – even if you don’t. This may indicate you lack on focus by applying to many different roles.
You can keep different versions on your drive, but when sending the file out make sure the file reads simply ‘Joe Blogs CV’ or ‘Joe Blogs’ for example.
Step 2 Contact details
It has been an old practice to put all your details in. The details I am talking about are things such as address, nationality, date of birth, marital status or how many kids you have.
But just think for a moment: why would an employer need to know where you live before hiring you? These are unnecessary and take up space on your CV. On another hand, if you are posting your CV on job boards online, the last thing you want is to have all your data that easily available.
Make sure you add your telephone and email address – full stop!This will make the employer or recruiter’s life a lot easier and increase the chances of you getting a call or email straight away.
Step 3 – SUMMARY
Normally, when you start writing a CV, most people tend to think about describing themselves without considering to whom the CV is aimed at. Bear that in mind as it will be someone else reading it and not you. To start your CV, focus on the experience – in the UK, this is the bit they are most interested in.
Some people like to add the ‘summary’ or ‘personal profile’ a short description about themselves. This approach carries a risk: it takes space on the CV and 99% of the cases does not make your CV any more appealing. On the contrary. It normally carries the same jargons all the other candidates present.
Using too many adjectives without real examples to support it will not make any impact and you will sound just like any other candidate that state they are ‘reliable’, ‘hard working’ or ‘a team player’ – and the list goes on.
You will need to provide evidence of your affirmations through your experience and achievements and that is what is going to define who you truly are. So, if you want to add a summary on your CV, make it engaging and relevant.
step 4 Length
English language is wonderful in that sense. You can and should be as concise as possible. Why take 10 words to say something when you could use 5? This will make your CV easier to read.
A recruiter or the hiring manager have always quite a few CVs to read and you just want to make their jobs easier. Besides, you really want to make an impact and not kill them of boredom.
Fair enough you might have a lot of experience and if it is the case, start by writing the relevant information for the role you are applying for. So if you had jobs that don’t really relate to what you are doing now or more junior roles, make a short summary for those just so that there isn’t a gap on your work history. No more than 2 pages (front and back).
Step 5 Hobbies
Hobbies…not a real necessity to add them on your CV but I will leave you with two thoughts to ponder upon:
- Is it taking too much room on your CV?
- Is it relevant for the job you are applying for? Is it going to help you secure an interview with that particular company?
If you answered no to the first and yes to the second, perhaps it is a good idea to have it there. I will leave it for you to decide. To summarise, recruiters want to have a glimpse of who you are and your experience. Write it in your own words. Ask yourself the question: ‘Would I hire myself?’. Good luck with the job hunt!
Siomara Jubert is expert in CVs and a LondonHelpU partner. As an in-house recruiter and career coach Siomara sees the 2 sides of the coin on a daily basis. It is her personal satisfaction and real passion to help people achieve their career aspirations and goals and that’s why Moving Forward CV & Career Coach was founded. Her advice is based on her experience as a recruiter and tailored to each individual and their specific needs. She feels very lucky to be able to work and help incredible people every day. If you need help with your CV, please contact us by phone 020 7636 8500 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org .