It's the question we get asked the most as a recruitment business - "What makes a perfect CV?" Whilst there are many interpretations of 'great CV's' we think we're pretty well positioned with over 100 years of recruitment experience between us (and none of us are really that old!) to offer some suggestions. Before we do that - take a look at our video on Getting Your Ideal Job In Marketing.
So - here's our chart run down of our top 10 tips Pop-Pickers:
No spelling mistakes - get a friend to copy check it for you
No silly formatting - boxes and complicated formatting can get mixed up when emailed
Recent jobs first - always list your roles in reverse chronological order - use the rule - What's most recent is usually most relevant
No long lists of achievements at the top of the CV - build them in to the content under the relevant positions to give them context
Target your CV to a specific job - tailoring your CV will give you a far higher chance of getting an interview
Makes sure your CV represents you - give it some personality (but not too much!!) and texture with effective formatting
Don't put explanations for leaving after every job - these will come out in the interview and will give you a better opportunity to explain things And - our top 3 are:
Layout is key - you've 20 - 30 seconds to grab the readers attention with what they want to see - make sure it's obvious!
Add an engaging, succinct and hard hitting personal profile - this has to be related to what you've done and the role you're applying for And at
The first page will get you the interview - if it's good enough! - so, make sure the reader is immediately drawn to your specific skills and experience relating to the role you're applying for.