Black Pearl’s CV Top Tips
With a quick online search, one can bring up endless results of what it takes to write a good CV, and there’s a reason for that. Candidates are aware that employers are often bombarded with job applications and only those CVs that stand out above the rest will be considered for an interview.
We have put together some hints and tips that get our attention and will help you along the way in securing your dream job.
- Mention your years of experience in the subject line of your email. This can create enough interest for the employer to open your CV opposed to being lost among others. For example, “Customer Service Vacancy – John Smith – 8 years of experience with luxury retailers”.
- Use bullet points to highlight your experience and achievements. Be short but specific. The employer rarely has time to read long CVs so you need to be straight to the point before they lose interest. You can provide examples and expand on these bullet points further during the interview but your CV is not for storytelling.
- If you have made a difference in your company and have the figures to back it up, use them. For example, “Customer satisfaction increased by over 50% within 6 months of my company initiative”. This has more of an impact than “I helped to improve customer satisfaction” and gives the employer the facts. Just make sure your previous employer is willing to back you up!
- If you do include a photo in your CV, especially for customer facing roles, ensure that your picture is clear, up to date and professional. Invest in some professional head shot photos wearing business attire and use these photos for business networking websites as well. Remember that networking sites are usually open to the public to view and your future employer could be looking at your profile. It is natural for people to create an impression of someone through a photograph and as first impressions are often the ones that last, you want to make sure you’re making the right one!
- Keep it relevant to the position that you are applying for. Each employer has different needs and requirements, so your CV should be tweaked accordingly. Read through the job description or the requirements of the role and ensure that your CV reflects your experience in these areas. This shows the employer that you tick all of the boxes.
Lastly, put yourself in the shoes of the employer. How would you feel reading your CV? What does your CV say about you? Was your CV relevant and interesting enough to read from top to bottom?
Contact Black Pearl for advice regarding your CV and find out how we can help you to discover your next exciting opportunity!