This is how to make our recruitment team say WOW!
When it comes to writing your CV there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Every single person has a unique story to tell and your CV is a great way to do this. So, how do you showcase all your best qualities in just one or two pages while making sure you stand out against a sea of other candidates?
I asked our recruitment team for their top CV tips. If you’re thinking of applying for a role at Camelot, then you need to read this...
1. Check, check and check again
There is no excuse for poor spelling and grammar anymore, even if spelling isn’t your strong point, there are plenty of tools available to help and it’s always beneficial to get another pair of eyes on it before you hit apply.
2. Size really does matter
Keep it to two pages maximum. We want to see that candidates can organise their thoughts well on paper and that they can do this as clearly and succinctly as possible. The average recruiter will spend between five and seven seconds reviewing a CV so you need to make sure you get your point across effectively.
3. Don’t fluff it up
Not sure which bits to cut out to make your CV shorter? Make sure you have read the job description and focus on the relevant skills and experience. Tell us about your difficult goals and the outcome of these and demonstrate really tangible achievements...skip the fluff!
4. Shine bright
Let your personality shine through on paper. We are interested in learning all about you so tell us about your hobbies and what you are passionate about.
5. Keep it simple
Keep it simple. Keep it clear. The overuse of fonts and excessive formatting, e.g bold, underlining, italics etc creates confusion and detracts from the quality of your skills and experience.
6. Kill the buzzwords
Every other CV bangs on about being passionate, driven and results-orientated blah blah, or worse, uses acronyms that don’t apply outside their workplace or industry. Keep it simple and say what you mean.
7. Get social
It’s all about hashtags and online footprints. Add a link to your social media accounts, portfolio or personal website, but make sure it’s complimentary!
So now you know what you need to do…..what are you waiting for?