If you haven’t had to write a CV for some time we know how laborious a task it can be. So here at Charter we thought we would put our thoughts down to try and help make this process as painless as possible.
A good recruitment consultant will tailor your CV for every role they send you to so whilst the usual advice is to keep your CV down to two pages if you think you have a lot of relevant experience when sending your CV to an agency it never hurts to send two copies, a short one of no more than 2 or 3 pages and a longer one containing as much detail as possible.
The consultant will then be able to pick and choose the details most relevant for each role. Sometimes a candidate will call up and say "Why haven’t you called me about this role you’ve advertised I have loads of experience in this area" to which the most common answer is it’s not on your cv. Unless we’ve been working with you for some time it’s unlikely we’ll know every detail about you so the golden rule is if you’ve done it put it on your CV.
There are a certain number of elements that every Cv should contain as standard.
• Contact details – it doesn’t matter how good your cv is, if you don’t include any contact details we can’t get in touch with you. (You would be surprised how often this happens!)
• Relevant qualifications with dates – Any qualifications that are relevant to your application or that explain gaps in your work history should be included along with dates. If you are a qualified accountant and did an evening class in pottery or Thai cooking back in 1996 then feel free to leave this out!
• Career history – Working backwards from your most recent role this is really the most important part of your cv. Depending on the length of your most recent role this position should contain the most detail this is what you’ve been doing recently and what most employers will see as most relevant to your application. A couple of bullet points with two words listed is not sufficient you should aim for 10 to 15 bullet points of full sentences covering your main duties and achievements.
• References from your two most recent employers.
Always, always spell-check your CV. With some job adverts attracting over 100 applications employers are looking for a reason to rule you out so make sure you don’t fall at this easy first hurdle. If you’re struggling to think of things you’ve done then have a look through adverts for similar roles on job boards and try and jog your memory this way Often people have done a lot more than they realise in terms of duties as it just comes part of the daily routine.