One of the most important elements of a job search is your CV. In many cases this is the first thing a recruiter or potential employer will see. It is an essential tool of the job search.
Typically a CV is scanned for around 10 seconds so it needs to make an impact. Limit filler words and include relevant keywords that either are the areas of work you want to do, or appeared in the job advert.
Remember many companies now utilise specialised software to scan CVs for key word search as their first screening process. If your CV does not have the right words it could be rejected before a person even sees it.
And style matters – if your CV is boring, hard to read and visually unattractive there is a chance you won’t get through the first screening process.
Different types of CVs work in different areas so have a read of our “what type of CV is best for you” to get some ideas about which one would suit you best.
Important – Do make sure a potential employer can reach you. Provide your home phone, mobile and email address on your CV as well as any covering email or letter.