When sending your CV into an employer, it is easy to slip
under the radar among other applicants for the same
position. The most important thing for a candidate to do is
to stand out and be memorable in the RIGHT way. Here
are senior consultant Paddy Steele’s top five tips for
what makes a successful candidate CV:
Make it Your Own
The term ‘CV’ actually stands for ‘course of life’, so make sure to tell yours! Make sure that your CV represents how you see yourself as an employee, and who you want your potential employers to see you as.
Keep it Simple
Here at Black Fox Solutions, one of the first things we ask our candidates for is a CV so that we can gain a comprehensive understanding of what experience they have, and what skills they can offer.
If it is difficult to read, or unclear what roles you have accepted in the past, we are unable to gain a holistic view of your experience and qualifications.
For example, as a graphic designer you may feel like a bright and colourful CV would best represent your skill set, however this could seem busy and distracting.
Part of our responsibility as recruiters is tailoring your CV for the positions that we put you forward for, so if it is difficult to read then it is difficult to edit!
Less is sometimes more, and the added bonus of applying through Black Fox Solutions is that you let us do the work for you!
TO THE POINT
When discussing tips for a successful CV, Paddy immediately recalled a candidate with a CV that was almost five pages long, and how he reduced it to just two and a half pages before he sent it to potential employers.
As well as being straight-forward to read, your CV must also allow employers to know within a short space of time whether you are suitable for their position!
Target your CV Towards Each Position you Apply For
It is common knowledge that employers sometimes look for specific words within your CV in order to assess your capability for the position.
Therefore, when applying for each job remember to reference the key terms and requirements that the position needs!
This means that the employer will be able to clearly pick you from the other applicants, as you have marketed yourself as specifically suited for the position!
SPG is More Important Than you Think
Not every role requires a candidate to have a perfect grasp of the written English language, but it is important to try and make sure that your CV is free from misspellings or accidental typing errors.
A CV is the first impression that an employer will have of you, and spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes can give the impression of carelessness.
Ask another person to read over the document, or if you have applied with a recruiter, we can do this for you!
As professionals in the recruitment industry, an integral part of our job is to ensure you, our client, are fully prepared for all aspects of a job application, including helping to prepare you for an interview, and applying for jobs on your behalf.
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