Stand out from the rest use these 5 essential CV writing tips that could put you on top of the interview list

Competition for jobs in today’s world is really tough to ensure you stand out by making your first impression a lasting one.  As your first impression is that of your CV here are 5 tips that could help you to be well on your way to getting that coveted position.

1. Keep your information updated

Remember to always ensure your CV is updated, add new skills, accomplishments and ensure your contact details and current or previous employer’s details are current and correct.

This includes any outside achievements too such as running a volunteer soup kitchen, winning or participating in various charity fun-runs, being the vice-president of your sports club, etc.

2. Stick to two to three pages of A4 paper

Keep your CV clear and concise, refrain from writing long unnecessary sentences or essay type descriptions. Stick to the points with a brief descriptive narrative that gets the point across.

As most companies have probably received a large number of applications for the position they are unlikely to read the entire CV and will make a decision on it within reading the first few sections of the document.

3. Outline your strongest key skills that pertain to the job being applied for

Read the job specification thoroughly and ensure you understand what is required for the position. Using this knowledge tailor your CV towards it!  Highlight your skills and accomplishments that stand out the most for that particular position.  CV’s should not be generic but should fit the position being applied for.

4. Including references, accomplishments and interest’s

Strong references are always an excellent added bonus and should be from reliable, contactable sources that you have worked for in past positions. For those new to the workforce include any part-time jobs you may have had, a professor or teacher.

5. Presentation

As with anything a good presentation always counts