Writing CVs

There are so many different ways to write CVs but there are general principles that always apply. ur three best tips for writing your CV are:

1. Get professional help
We would love a dollar for the number of clients who tell us they don’t need any help with their CV because they have always got interviews in the past! Times have changed and what worked before might not work now. You need someone who is not emotionally attached to the document to tell you the truth about its effectiveness and suitability and to ensure that it is contemporary.

2. Ensure it is “readable”
Recruiters and many large organisations use applicant tracking systems (a type of AI) that scan your document and search for key words and phrases. The programs may reject your application automatically before you even get to first base. You need to make sure that your document contains phrases and wording that are relevant to the role and is formatted appropriately so that all of these systems can read them.

3. Apply the “work rule”
If you are not sure whether to include something, ask yourself: On balance, is this working for me or against me? For example, you might have had a great role fifteen years ago and are tempted to include lots of details on it. On one hand, it highlights some great experience, but on the other it might make the CV way too long to include all the jobs since then. The answer depends on the circumstances. What is working for you?