CVs for impact

Make sure your CV makes an impact

The important first step towards your new job

First impressions are lasting impressions, and a CV is usually the first point of contact you will have with a potential employer or recruitment agency. Invest effort in making it as clear, relevant and persuasive for the role and the company you are applying to, it will make all the difference between being offered an interview or not.

Highlight your previous roles outlining both your experience and successes. Qualifications, up to date certifications, training attended and awards received should also be highlighted. If you already have a well prepared and up-to-date CV this is not as daunting as it may sound and need involve little more than amending the notes or some entries. It’s also a good idea to enclose a covering letter highlighting your relevant skills and attributes.

Besides tailoring your CV to the application, there are a few additional pointers to bear in mind:

  • List your experience and qualifications in date order with the most recent first
  • Keep your CV brief, clear and easy to read (2 pages maximum)
  • Don’t leave any gaps in your employment record. You don’t need to go back 30 years though!
  • Spell check the finished document and proof read it for any errors