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What goes into making the perfect CV?

What goes into making the perfect CV?

Writing a CV is never easy, which is why knowing what to include and what can be left out will help you craft the perfect one. Read on to find out what we think you need to include in your CV.

Experience

This is the most obvious, but if you have no paid or even voluntary experience of the job, the employer might move onto the next CV.

This is why including a personal profile at the start of your CV can be beneficial. This is a great way of showing you have the required skills and how you gained them. For example, raising a family could equal good people management skills, and looking after a sick relative means you have experience of being a carer.

You may have a varied work history, but the employer probably doesn’t have time to read page after page of your employment history. So list the most recent and try not to go over a page worth of jobs. Your complete CV should ideally be no more than two pages.

If you have experience related to the job you’re applying for, which goes further back, mention it in your personal profile. Although the chances are you will need to brush up on those skills if it’s been more than five to ten years.

Education and training

This is another place to show your suitability for the role. Like your experience, the most recent should be listed first.

Try to include details about each course, preferably something which will help with the job you’re applying for. If you’ve studied long distance and the job is remote, this shows you have the self-motivation needed for the role.

References

Unless you’re asked for the names and addresses of your references, simply mention they are available on request. If you are applying for a lot of jobs, you don’t want your referees bombarded with requests.

Listing names and addresses also takes up valuable space on your CV.

Making it unique

Having different versions of your CV may mean having to store them all in a folder under different titles, but it ensures the CV you send is suited to the job you’re applying for, especially if you’re applying for jobs in different sectors. You will increase your chances of reaching the next stage in the recruitment process and be one step closer to getting the job.

If you’re still struggling, contact us at TRAK today to see how we can help.