CV tips for 2017

Be creative

Experiment with the format of your CV and try to add your personal flair to the layout. One thing that has come out in recent years, candidates have even gone digital in the form of video CVs and using social media influences, but this is usually only worth it if you’re in a creative industry.


Be careful

If you choose a more creative format for your CV, don’t let it be detrimental, it should show your creative side but also highlight your important professional skills. Don’t choose anything too distracting or difficult to read from.


Proofread

Make sure you triple check your CV; you don’t want avoidable errors to hinder your chances before you’re even through the door. This surprisingly happens a lot so make sure you have someone else read through it.


Don’t make it too long

Your CV should be no longer than one or two A4 pages. Recruiters aren’t likely to have the time to read five pages, no matter how amazing you are.

 

Tailor each CV

Every CV you send out should be tailored to the role you’re applying for. Choose relevant examples and skills to demonstrate why you’re the best person for the job.

 

Keep it up-to-date

Update your CV along with your Linkedin page whenever you gain a new skill or qualification. Remember that your career goals may change over time and that your CV should reflect this. Also make sure your CV reflects the trends in your industry at the time.

Sending your CV online

In today’s digital world, it’s likely that you’ll be sending your CV via email or through a job board. Save your CV with the .PDF file extension to ensure that recruiters can open it on any device. A PDF will also maintain formatting, so you can be sure that employers are seeing your CV as you intended. File size is also important, recruiters can’t send on massive files to clients so make sure they are either compressed or small enough to send. 

 

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