Things I wish I knew about CV’s
When I 1st started doing my CV I did not have the foggiest what I was doing and learned through trial and error, I remember my biggest struggle was trying to fill out a page for my CV, but now? I struggle to keep it to two pages.
A few things have changed along the way especially with the improvement of technology and a few new things became crucial for your CV along the way.
As bonkers as this may sound to many of you, back in the day you used to print out maybe 20-30 copies of your CV and go around and hand them out (I am dead serious), this usually was done 1st thing on a weekend for retail jobs and you would hope to get the call back, sometimes you got a call sometimes you didn’t, thankfully this practice is over but it does expose you to more competition and these are the things I found that helped me along the way.
Put the exact date you started and left a job on your CV; some companies when doing checks require more information than just the month and year thus if it’s on your CV already then it will be easy for your to replicate the information.
Create a non-formatted 2nd CV
Your 2nd CV should not have any fancy layouts; this is because some jobsites cannot get all the information from your CV due to the way it is laid out meaning you have to type it in manually, to avoid this create one where the layout is bog standard allowing for the site to easily read and append the data it needs.
Keep a separate document for references
Save this document wherever you save your CV as you’ll need it, this should have the FULL hr details, i.e. HR’s generic email address, their telephone number and address, of the companies you worked for previously, whilst their may be a colleague you are thinking to use as a reference remember, things change all the time and some people whilst saying they will give you a reference won’t, I found this true when working in McDonalds and reference requests would get chucked in the bin (this happened to me and cost me the position I applied for many years back).
Modernise your CV layout
Keep up with the latest CV layouts and more importantly find the layout that would appeal the most to your industry to help you stand out for example if you’re applying for a creative role, I would not expect your CV to be laid out as if you’re applying for an accounting role, for example the below CV would be a bit difficult for myself but if you are still on a one-page CV the below video shows how to make an attractive modern CV.
Include details that your industry would like to know
For example, in accounting we want to see numbers where they make sense, i.e. if you looked after a budget how much? If you looked after AR what were your debtor days (even better if you can show a reduction.
As silly as this sounds include your interest on your CV, for some interviewers if we can sense your nervous we might get you to talk about your interest to relax you.
People often want to know when you’ve improved processes or saved money, if you done this ensure it gets mention on your CV in an easy to spot position.