A well written CV will open doors for you while a poorly written CV will slam them shut!
If you’ve been submitting your CV in response to job advertisements but you’re not being shortlisted then it’s time to ask yourself the following questions:
- Have I taken the time to format my CV correctly?
- Have I checked, double checked and triple checked to ensure there are no grammatical errors, spelling mistakes or poor punctuation?
- Is my writing style and font size appropriate for a professional document?
- Is my work history up to date and written consistently (past tense for previous/historic) roles?
- Is my CV too long? If it’s more than three pages you may need to edit it down (generally your focus should always be on your recent roles).
- Common mistakes we see day in and day out are:
- Poor formatting, if you’re a legal secretary with reasonable DP skills then the ‘space key’ should not be your best friend! Paralegals and lawyers are given more leeway but knowing how to format a document is considered a basic ability! Failure to notice all of the above doesn’t instil confidence in the reader that you are a skilled administrator who pays attention to detail.
Your CV is not something that you throw together when you have a spare few minutes. It’s an account of your career and a record of your achievements, think of it as your own person marketing brochure! It’s a powerful tool that can pave the way to your future success and happiness and it should grow with you, requiring constant scrutiny and up-dating. Take ownership of it and deliver a finished product you are proud of, it could be the key to unlock your next job. For more information on how to stand out from the crowd, click here!