At polkadotfrog we know that first impressions count for everything in the search for work. Ultimately, the first impression your new prospective employer will have of you will come down to how you present yourself in your CV. With that in mind, Eliza from polkadotfrog has put together 5 simple tips on how you can improve your CV to make it stand out from the crowd.
- Chronological order
It’s surprising how many people I see making this mistake when submitting their CV. Always ensure that when listing your previous work experience, you begin with either your current or most recent position, and then list the rest from there on.
- Grammatically correct
Grammatical errors can be easily missed, especially if it’s as simple as an apostrophe or a singular misspelling. That said, it’s always helpful to have a second pair of eyes looking through something for you. Get someone you know to give you a valued second opinion and scan through your document for you to ensure you aren’t submitting something with spelling errors.
- Simplicity: Easy to read
Ensuring your CV is neat and tidy will make sure it appeals to your prospective employer – they won’t want to read something that looks messy! Make sure all of your font is the same style and size, your headers are clear and it follows the same structure throughout.
Highlight your key skills and don’t be scared to articulate your achievements – elaborating on what you are most proud of will never come across as boastful when writing your CV. This is a place for you to list your achievements, not to be overly modest and undersell yourself.
- Personal statement
Include a personal statement at the beginning of your CV and feel free to tailor it specifically to the job you are applying for. That way, your prospective employer can see that you have made the effort to demonstrate your suitability for the position you are applying for.
You can also take a look at our short CV tips video here:
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