I’ve just completed a workshop with some of our junior IT Recruitment Consultants and we identified 7 things you need to remember when you are writing your CV. Getting these things wroing WILL impact negatively on your ability to find a new job – fast.
Be realistic. We really have seen CVs with salary ranges quoted by the candidate between £10k and £100k Come on, if you are on £25k now and would really like £32k then say so – and be realistic. It will help you, the client – and the recruiter cut to the chase.
List the towns you really want to work in. Don’t list every town you can remember ever visiting on the understanding that a search engine will pop your CV out. You’ll lose credibility – and waste everyone’s time.
Address and contact details
Sensible people remember to put their name, address, email and mobile numbers on their CV. I mean, why wouldn’t you?
We live in a multi-cultural country and employers need to capture your Nationality as part of their HR processes. If you really can’t work in this country because you don’t have a Visa, then please don’t apply – we do not have magic wands.
If you are an expert in A, you know quite a bit about B and know nothing about C, don’t claim to be an expert in all three. Be sensible and explain what you really are good at – and what you are less expert in. It will actually help you.
Font size and Text boxes
Your CV will be used electronically. There is no need to use a microscopic font – or different font styles in your CV. Be plain and use a font between 10 and 12. Don’t worry about going over two pages, it won’t stop you getting the job. And PLEASE don’t use word’s Text Boxes. They reduce search capabilities.
Using only the year as an accurate thumb in the air isn’t good enough. For instance, January 2012 to September 2012 isn’t “2012 to 2013″. You will be caught out. Be straight. Nobody has a perfect career, just tell it how it is.
Did I say there were 7 things you had to do? I lied, there’s one final one. Be polite and respectful. It will earn you lots of points and a better job.
Callum McCormick, Founder.