Finally, think about how to really appeal to potential employers.
"If you're applying for a job in a creative agency, you can make your CV look really quirky to stand out, but if you want to be an accountant, keep it formal." When you come to apply for jobs, start by emailing your CV.
‘You can afford to be a bit more creative with your CV but it depends on your industry; if you’re going for an accountant job they’re most likely not going to appreciate a wild looking CV but if you’re going into the field of marketing, part of that is to market yourself so your CV needs to portray what you’re going for.
Don’t go over the top, but make sure the presentation looks good and it’s suited to your industry.’ ‘In the UK you don’t put pictures on your CV – in other European countries it’s much more common.
Plus, these roles are very useful for obtaining more recent references.
A wise person once said: a CV is the gateway to a person’s soul. It sounds like something a wise person would say, doesn't it?
"If you go for a job as a dog walker and they say it's desirable to have experience of caring for dogs, then your Excel skills may not be relevant - but the fact you looked after your neighbour's pit bulls really comes into its own." "See it as a marketing document for your experience and achievements.
Keep it to two pages maximum, and use bullet points." Poorly formatted CVs will be overlooked.
Correct spelling and grammar, and a complete and accurate employment history, are the minimum criteria for a decent CV. It's also important not to include irrelevant information.
Don't deliver it by hand unless it's a very small company, like the local cafe - recruiters need to be able to email CVs around to relevant people, so a paper CV will often be left sitting on the desk.
Remember you don't have to wait for a job to be advertised - it's fine to email a company you'd like to work for and ask if they have any openings coming up.