Make a good first impression with your CV

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CVs are extremely important to your job search – they are the door opener to some great opportunities – whether that is through an Agency or the employer direct. The last thing you want to do is have doors closed to you based on your CV.

So here are a few of our tips before sending your CV out:

1) Do not have a silly e-mail address – we have all been there, myself included: my e-mail address as a teen was…wait for it…’crazychick@’ completely cringe and completely inappropriate on your CV. So if you do have a cringe worthy e-mail address on your CV, then please change it and create a new one, for example firstnamesurname@ is a safe bet.

2) Do ensure you provide a contact number on the top of your CV- you’d be surprised with the number of CVs we see that don’t actually include contact details, how are employers and Agencies meant to contact you? Unfortunately we aren’t psychic and a contact number as well as email address should always be right at the top of your CV

3) Do not have a ten page CV – nobody, and I mean nobody has the time to read it. If you have years and years’ worth of experience then do try to be as accurate and concise as possible.

4) Explain any gaps in your CV – if you’ve done a lot of various temporary work, then do keep it short but put a line in that shows you were employed – such as “2015 to 2016” – various temporary assignments”.

5) Point 4 now leads me to my next point… If you haven’t been working, then do ensure that your CV reflects how you occupied your time – whether you have been a parent, have completed voluntary work or travelled. Regardless of what you have been doing, any gaps do need to be explained.

6) Bullet points! They are so important! Don’t write an essay about what you do! Just list the core duties of your job– and make sure that the core part of the role is at the top. The key thing is to keep it easy to read – some firms will get over 1000 responses to job adverts and they want to see information that matches to the role they’re recruiting for, straight away. What they want is something that tells them clearly and simply what you’ve done and so therefore what you could do for them.

7) Last but not least; proof read your CV! It only takes one spello to cost you a job. Don’t write that you’re skilled in ‘dairy scheduling’ -unless you’re applying to a farm of course. If you have any doubts, then do get a friend or family member to look over your CV.

I do hope this helps! It’s really simple small things, but you’d be surprised by some of the CVs we see here at BBR and what a difference these small little tweaks can make to your job search.

Good luck!!!