Your CV is often the first chance you have to make an impression, so it’s important to appear professional when applying for jobs.
Before you send your CV to any recruiters or employers, you must ensure that it is flawless.
Use the following questions to check that your CV is ready to make a big impression and win job interviews.
#1. Does my CV look professional?
It is important to have a professional looking CV. It comes partly from being a professional, but if you are a graduate out of university, then you need to spend time on creating a professional looking CV.
You have two ways of creating a professional looking CV. You can either design a professional CV or download an online professional CV template.
It is up to you, depending on what stage of your career you are, to chose the best method of creating your professional CV.
#2. Does my CV create the impact upon opening?
There’s a stat in recruitment world. You only have 6 seconds to catch the recruiter’s attention before he or she decides to invest further time into reading your CV.
Check out whether
- You have a persuasive profile
- You can see your own suitability for the target role
#3. Is my CV easy to read?
If you want to quickly communicate your value to recruiters, your CV must be easy to read and navigate. Ensure it has the right flow and features.
Your CV needs to have
- Clearly divided sections
- Bold headings
- Broken up text and bullet points
#4. Is my CV under 2 pages long?
No one wants to read an essay about your career. Don’t waffle or ramble on your CV.
Keep it to the point and have only relevant information on your CV. Ensure you have:
- Shortened older roles down
- Decreased page margins
- Cut down irrelevant information
#5. Does my CV reflect the requirements of the target job?
The key to landing job interviews is showing employers that you are suitable for their vacancies.
Look at your CV and check it highlights your suitability in the following key areas:
There are also a number of online tools, where you can upload your resume and the target job description and compare how your CV ranks against the job description. Make use of it.
#6. Are all my roles well structured?
Your roles need to be logically structured in order to fully explain your contribution to employers.
Ensure that your roles have the following features:
- An introductory paragraph that summarizes the role
- Bullet pointed responsibilities
- Impressive key achievements
#7. Have I proved my value in the CV?
Employers want to see a return on their investment after hiring a candidate, so your CV needs to show them value of your work with quantified achievements.
Think cost savings, revenue generated, process improved, etc!
#8. Have I included numbers/facts / stats?
For recruiters to understand the level you work at and benchmark you against other candidates, it is important to use numbers to describe elements of your work such as
- Budgets managed
- Size of team worked in or managed
- Size of customer base
#9. Can I be easily contacted through my CV information?
I will not explain this because if I do, then it means something fundamental is wrong and by all means you do not deserve the job you are applying for.