How to Structure a CV

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In the first in this series of blogs on helpful recruitment tips Michaela McIntosh, our Recruitment Business Partner, explains how best to structure your CV for a recruiter.

 

A CV is the first point of contact between yourself and the recruiter. It’s really important to make a great first impression and to remember that your CV is what could secure you an interview. Make sure to put some time into it to give yourself the best chance of being progressed for your dream job!

What to include:

  • Personal details – For example your name, address, email address and phone number. Make sure these details are correct, you don’t make it difficult for the recruiter to contact you!
  • Personal statement – This is the first thing that the recruiter will see. Ensure that this demonstrates why you are suitable for the position you are applying for and makes you stand out from the crowd.
  • Work history – Include your relevant work experience. List this with the most recent first.
  • Relevant qualifications – This ensures that the recruiter knows you have the correct qualifications for the job you are applying for.
  • Achievements – This allows you to explain to the recruiter how your previous experience makes you the perfect candidate for the job.
  • Explanation of gaps on your CV – give the recruiter as much information as possible so that they don’t get the wrong impression from your CV. If the role was temporary, detail this. If you took a year out, explain this on your CV. If you were made redundant, specify this. You have to sell yourself!

What not to include:

  • Your date of birth or marital status. The recruiter is not concerned about this information. These are two of the protected characteristics, you would not be discriminated against based on this data.
  • Hobbies – As much as this may seem nice to include, it is not going to make the recruiter progress or decline your application based on how good you are at knitting! Instead, keep your CV relevant to your work experience and qualifications.

Make sure it is:

  • Clear and concise – A recruiter doesn’t have time to read all of your 10-page CV. Use bullet points and keep your sentences short
  • Factual and truthful – Don’t make anything up on your CV that you wouldn’t be able to back up at an interview or in a skills test.
  • Relevant to the position you are applying for – If you are applying for an administrator role, don’t include in your personal statement that you want to be a spray painter. Tailor your CV to each job that you are applying for.

Lastly:

  • Spell check your CV and read over it (more than once!). Get someone else to read over it. There is no second chance for a great first impression.
  • It sounds simple but make sure you spell the recruiters name correctly. How would you like it if someone spelled your name wrong?

Check out https://alliedvehiclesgroup.com/employment/careers-at-allied/ for current employment opportunities within the Allied Vehicles Group.

Michaela – Recruitment Business Partner