If you are looking to increase your chances of winning an interview, below are some resume and CV tips that may be of help.
- Even if you are the best candidate for a job, remember that it is very difficult to get to the interview stage without sending in a good CV or resume.
- You should try to tailor your CV to showcase the education, qualifications and work experience you have that is relevant to the job or type of job that you are applying for.
- In order to try and stand out from the competition, try to also include some relevant achievements.
- Mistakes will happen, but check your work very carefully to avoid errors. Employers may see mistakes as a sign of poor English, or perhaps even worse, a lack of motivation for the job.
- Avoid fancy presentation techniques such as unusual fonts and colors may not be to the taste of the reader - keep it simple with black text on white paper.
- Adding overly long words and very lengthy introductions could alienate or bore the reader.
- Dont write the CV in the first or third person - ie Using I ... or he / she ....
- Dont include a photo unless specifically asked to do so.
- Do not lie or exagerate! Even if you are not found out, you will not be as relaxed if you win an interview, as it is difficult to back up some information under questioning. The details are likely to be checked.
Free online employment and career advice for jobs in the UK and Ireland from the Careers Guide website.