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Getting your CV noticed

Getting your CV right is the first step towards securing your next role

So you’ve finally found a position that looks perfect for you and you’re going to fire off an application.

Before you do so, however, take some time to think about your CV and whether it will give you the best opportunity to get that all important interview. There could very well be a large number of people equally interested in the same position, so you need to make sure your CV gets noticed above the others.

Below are some things to think about when putting your CV together.

  • Presentation and easy-to-read content is key– some positions e.g. Web Designers allow for (and probably expect) an element of creativity in the look of a CV, however in the main, a simple font (Arial 10/11) and bold headings (Arial 11/12) will more than suffice. Also, bullet point where possible to avoid long paragraphs.  (There are plenty of example templates available for you to use if you search online – Totaljobs have some decent examples)
  • Length IS important – the general rule of thumb is that your CV should be between 2-4 pages long. Anything longer means you’ve probably gone into too much detail. Think of your CV as hors d’oeuvre, a teaser – it needs to contain enough information to generate an interest, but not too much that leaves you with nothing to talk about in an interview!
  • Tailor your experience to the requirements of the position – if a role requires X, then highlight your experience in X. There’s no point elaborating on Y & Z when they’re not relevant.
  • Achievements, achievements, achievements  – when your CV is being reviewed, the question being asked is “what can you do for me?” So don’t just list your responsibilities, pay more attention to  your achievements e.g. improvements, efficiencies, cost savings, revenue generated etc
  • Remove clichéd attributes  – if your profile statement contains one of the following; “hardworking”, “team player or can work alone”, “good communicator”, “I always give 100%”, “can use my own initiative” then delete immediately.  They don’t really mean much and countless others will have said the same thing.
  • Contact details – you’ll be amazed how many CVs don’t contain any contact information. How can anyone let you know that they desperately want to meet you? Address, telephone number, email address should be available as standard.
  • Chick your spolling – if there’s one thing that will get your CV rejected faster than you can say “spellchecker” it’s having spelling/grammatical errors. All word processing packages have spell checkers so use them. When you think you’ve finished and checked everything, give it someone else to read. You’ll be amazed how many things you can miss.

You can find out more about the vacancies we have on offer at Zen Internet by visiting our Careers page.

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