1. Don’t Lie
Obvious lies on your CV can land you in a lot of trouble when it comes to employers checking your background and conducting references. Reference checks can occur after you have started a job and the last thing you want to do is lose it straight away. You also may get caught out at the interview stage when you suddenly can’t answer questions on what you claim to know.
Most candidates send the same blanket CV to all jobs they are applying for. Stop! Make your CV Original to all the different jobs you are applying for. Research the company and use the job specification to make certain skills stand out that are needed for the role.
3. Personal Statement
This is your opportunity to talk about how you stand out from the other candidates applying for the same role and how you are the best for the job. It is your chance to talk about certain experience and strengths you have.
4. Check, Check and Check Again
Most employers check a CV for mistakes, even if it is a simple spell check. Unfortunately, this can make you look bad if there are clear and obvious mistakes. There is usually a high volume of applicants for jobs, especially in this current climate so employers can use this as an opportunity to dismiss you.
5. Don’t Leave Gaps
Gaps in a CV can make employers suspicious. Much of the time there is a valid reason, so put a positive spin on this. Whether you were taking a course, completing volunteer work, or even going travelling! Make reference to it!