1) Keep it concise
Your CV should ideally be no longer than two pages of A4. Employers need to know about your skills and previous work experience so they can assess your suitability for the job on offer, but they have many CV’s to read through in a day. You should bullet point key bits of information, address the key skills required with the job description. The CV is just the first step, save the detailed explanation of your suitability for the job interview.
2) Proof read
It sounds obvious but eliminating any errors and spelling mistakes is key. One of the main reasons for CV rejection is errors and spelling mistakes. Maybe even get a friend or relative to proof read your CV as well.
3) Cover letter
Within a cover letter or email it is a chance to showcase why you are interested in applying for this particular job role. It is also a chance to show how your skills are a good fit for the role and to highlight the relevant experience you have acquired.
4) Don’t leave gaps
Leaving gaps in your career history could make prospective employers wonder what you were up to during that time. List any gaps in your career with a suitable explanation – whether it was a career break, travelling, or an illness.
5) Tell the truth
Always tell the truth about your skills and experience. If you don’t, you’ll be caught out at some point – whether it’s during the interview process or, far worse, when you’ve actually got the job.