Here’s how to keep your CV out of the trash.
First impressions are important. Your CV is the first chance you get to make a good impression on a potential employer. A top-quality CV will considerably boost your chance of getting a face-to-face interview, so it is certainly worth spending time and effort on the content and presentation.
Here are 10 tips to keep your CV from residing within the bottom of the dustbin:
- Take responsibility!
Send your CV from your own work appropriate email address, preferably the same email address that you have stipulated within your CV. Do not send your CV from a family member of friends email address.
- Spelling counts!
If you send a CV with multiple spelling errors there is a high chance that your CV will not make it passed the front door. Don’t claim to have “Advanced Microsoft Word” skills and then have alignment and formatting errors that make the document look like a last minute decision.
- Your CV is on Microsoft Excel, really?
Microsoft Excel is not a platform to use to send your CV from. This tip is simple- Do not send your CV in Microsoft Excel.
- Pay attention to the cover letter address.
Time saving methods such as copying and pasting your cover letter will assist you although take a few second to double check that you have not addressed it to the wrong company.
- Are you applying for a job or a modeling position?
Most companies are not looking for a model but rather the skills and experience you have. Although if you are to send an image of yourself please keep in mind that you are applying for a professional position and therefore an appropriate professional image will do.
- Using CV templates
If you are going to use a CV template, please do yourself a favor and remove parts of the template that you have not populated.
- AVOID EXERSSIVE USE OF CAPS
When you use CAPS rigorously throughout your CV it creates the impression of yelling your experiences to your potential employer. Think about how you read this point.
- Celebrate your achievements
If you are a graduate with no work experience, include notable achievements from school. If you are an experienced hire, unless your school achievements are truly remarkable, please don’t include them.
- Know your audience
Keep the companies culture in mind when you are applying for a position. If the company is innovative and technology is prized then list your out of the box skills. Although if the company is strictly corporate then stick to the professional atmosphere.
- Appropriate email addresses
Your email address is the first view of your CV. During High School and university you are in the prime of living your high life with your scotty.too.hotty email address, however a work appropriate email is required when sending your CV to potential employers.
Read your CV again from start to finish with time and diligence to make sure that your brilliance is portrayed through your skillset and experience. Remember that employers receive multiple CVs from perspective applicants so it is important to create a good impression and attract their attention. Most people do not spend as much time on their CV as they should, so if you write a professional, high quality CV you will certainly stand out from the rest.