How many times are we reminded that making a first impression is crucial? Writing a great CV that shows the best sides of you as a person; your experience, skills, knowledge and ambitions can be the key to landing your dream job.
Your CV is a repository of all your experience to date and should showcase your achievements and what you’ve accomplished in your career thus far!
There is a lot of noise around CV length and in our opinion, there is no right or wrong answer. We feel that you should try to keep it short and sweet – anything from two pages to four pages, depending on your length of experience is OK. Less is too brief, and more suggests waffle or including less relevant information!
It is important to remember that as your career grows, clients will often prefer to know, in more detail, what you have covered in the last two to five years rather than older experience from fifteen years past.
Avoid using abbreviations and jargon too as this can sometimes make it more difficult to read.
Highlight specific keywords that are relevant to the job you’re applying to, anything specific such as a certain of type experience, or training should be a focal point.
At Infraspec, we commonly find that companies within the engineering and infrastructure sectors want to see project information. They like to understand what you did, how exactly you were involved, this can also include understanding project values, areas you were responsible for or how many direct reports you managed. Highlighting these areas on your CV can be beneficial and remember, always be honest and make sure it’s accurate and up to date!
Always update it to cater to the roles you’re applying to! There’s no harm in highlighting different experience to target what the reader is looking – don’t rule out removing points or experience that aren’t relevant!
If you have any career gaps, add some clear and brief information as to why, details can be discussed in more depth at the interview stage.
When you’ve done all of the above, spellcheck first and check again and if possible, ask someone to proof read it. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can pick up on things you may have missed. Any grammatical errors will hurt your chances of landing your dream job – often companies will always look for candidates with good attention to detail, especially when report writing is a key part of a role, so make sure your CV is covered from any avoidable errors!
Lastly, make sure you know your CV, your experiences, skills and dates. Your interview will include questions about what you have displayed on your CV, so prepare yourself by memorising what’s on it to avoid any surprise questions.
With regards to salary information and reasons for leaving, we recommend these are not included on the CV. These are areas to be discussed at an interview.
As recruiters we have reviewed thousands of CVs and are happy to discuss any areas of support you require.