8 Tips for Spring cleaning your CV

Spring clean your CV… Here is a checklist you may find useful. 

Format

Less is more, you may like a fancy font but they don’t read well, so stick to a plain black font (Arial or Calibri) is best. Lines to separate sections work well, but avoid text boxes or shading.

Contact Details

Are they current, correct and appropriate?
(Got an amusing email address? Does it represent you in the best way? No, then it’s time to ditch it.)

Personal Profile

This should capture the attention of the recruiter, be concise and jargon free. Make clear your area of expertise, your experience and what you can offer.

Past & Present Role

Your latest, most relevant role/s need to stand out so allow more space for these, editing the details of anything that’s earlier or not relevant to this role. Be sure to include responsibilities and achievements. Your achievements are what the recruiter will be looking for.

Language

Use the correct tense (Previous and current roles) and terminology this will highlight your knowledge of the sector/company.

Personal Information or Additional information

Include beneficial skills and only add interests that add value or are relevant to this role.

Education

Think about the title ‘Education’ is ‘Qualifications and Professional Development’ more relevant to you? using this will allow you to include any relevant courses, training and qualifications. This shows that you have continued to learn and develop.

Spelling and grammar

After you have spent time giving your CV a spring clean don’t forget the spelling and grammar. Best to get someone else to check it for you.

I hope you find these tips useful & good luck!

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