Euro London Appointments
CV Top Tips
Make no bones about it, even though it’s improving, the jobs market acrossEurope has been as competitive as it’s been in a long time. There are plentyof candidates out there to compete with and typically a recruiter will take 30 – 60 seconds to look over your CV, so your CV has got to get you your foot inthe door and stand out.We’ve heard all the gimmicks, from the cringe-worthy to the inventive to makea CV stand out. These include sending a brick in with a CV to “make animpact”, or applicants including a zany photo of themselves so the interviewer“doesn’t forget their face”, (which is slightly disconcerting if you read it in thevoice of a movie super villain). So our first tip piggy backs off this…
Now we’re not talking about writing your CV on a post it note,but keep your CV clean and clear and under control. Use a professional,modern font with business size lettering between 10 and 12, use segments tooutline your education, work background and of course how to contact you…please stay away from word art, however pretty that it may be. You must proofread your CV. Even here at Euro London Appointments we receive typos andbadly translated words on CV’s that our candidates have given us to hand totheir prospective employer. A spelling mistake is not a good start.
Highlight your experience;
A recent survey of employers showed the toprequirement is experience rather than education. So highlight your previousemployment, detail your experience and interests, it may give you the edgeover another candidate.
It can be human nature to be reserved when talking about yourachievements, preferring to state as part of a team we did such and such. Butthe company won’t be looking to hire you and your old team; they’ll be lookingto hire you. So in your CV say what YOU did at your previous employer andstate how YOU made the measurable difference. Quantify and qualify yourachievements and don’t just simply state your duties, everyone has duties, butit’s the effects of these duties that will win the day.A CV is all too often considered a solid document that you can’t change foreach role, but CV’s should be more fluid than this. Showcase your skillsrelevant to the role at hand and not just to any old generic role.