5 DOs & DONTs To Apply When Writing & Sending Out Your CVs ✍️
As part of FreeHour's Careers Month, we've been hard at work creating some super useful content for all of you looking to find your first proper job or career upgrade - as well as a new section on our app allowing you to submit CVs & even book interviews with local brands!
Time To Make Your Perfect CV 👇
Below are a few tips to implement, as well as things to avoid when creating your CV. Be sure to do your own research too, but we've tried to compile as many different tips as possible into the following guide - enjoy!
1. Relevant Experience 🤔
DO → List the specific job-related experience, skills & achievements that are directly relevant to the job you're currently applying to. Be sure to include previous job positions or life experiences that shared the responsibilities that you'll be taking on in this new job.
DON'T → Don't mention any experiences that aren't relevant unless you gained relevant skills. For example, being a restaurant manager is very different to a software advisor - however, a shared skill you can highlight might be communication.
2. Vocabulary 📝
DO → When describing your experiences and skills, be sure to make use of simplistic & direct statements that are easy to understand. Using long unnecessary words to come across as smarter, more often than not can be distracting and even obnoxious.
DON'T → Don't use cliche descriptions like "team player" or "hard-worker" as this is a sure fire way to make your potential employer roll their eyes before even meeting you. You should also avoid wording that's overly technical, just in case someone in HR reads your CV first.
3. Length 📜
DO → Make sure your CV doesn't overstay it's welcome. 2 pages is the ideal length to keep employers engaged and interested in you. Short and to the point is what you want to aim for.
DON'T → Don't be excessive or go too in-depth with giving details. Writing too much not only makes it feel like you're overcompensating but it also bores readers and works against you.
4. Take Aim 🎯
DO → Apply to jobs that you are fully or closely qualified for, and be sure to add in a nicely worded cover letter in your email, not just your CV attached.
DON'T → Don't apply to a position you would not be a good fit for. Not only would getting a lot of rejections and hence losing motivation be bad, but also getting hired only to get fired shortly after due to your inability to perform is even worse.
5. Proofreading 🤓
DO → Thoroughly review your CV before submitting it. Make sure you aren't sending out the same exact CV to every job application, and that they're tailored for each one. Use a spell-checker, and send to your friends and family for a 3rd party perspective.
DON'T → Rush to submit an unfinished CV. The phrase better late than never very much applies here and sending in a document that's messy and average is a quick way to get your email deleted.
Deloitte's Tip: Simplicity Is Key 🔑
A typical mistake is to overcomplicate sentence structures, leaving recruiters puzzled...
Make sure you use simple language to clearly & efficiently communicate your message and ruthlessly exclude all unnecessary words in your CV & cover letter.
Keep These Tips In Mind 🌟
Be sure to bookmark this page if you'll be applying for jobs sometime soon - we've got loads more tips on the way as part of our FreeHour Careers Month - so stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages for more content coming your way!