For every low-skilled job that is advertised, an employer receives about 60 applications. For a skilled job, employers receive approximately 20 applicants.
According to a study conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, or CIPD, about half of the candidates are well suited to the role. Because of this, it is vitally important that applicants have a strong curriculum vitae.
While a CV obviously needs to be accurate and grammatically correct experts believe that a few more rules should be followed.
Applicants need to make sure that they use the appropriate words for a situation. For example, you shouldn’t use the word “aural” when you mean “oral.” You should also make sure you use commas as needed. A missing comma can change the meaning of a sentence.
If the employer requires you to provide them with a hard copy of your CV, you will want to type it out. If you don’t have your own computer or printer, head to your local library. The majority of libraries have computers that can be used by the general public.
In most cases, employers ask that applicants provide a digital copy of their CV. When digital CV’s are used, employers may automatically search them for keywords, ruling out any CV’s that don’t include certain keywords. Because of this, applicants should make sure that all of the job requirements are detailed in their CV.
Complex formatting should always be avoided. It’s best to use a simple, common font for a CV, like Times New Roman that way the CV can easily be read on all kinds of screens.
Our Curriculum Vitae Suggestions:
Try tailoring your CV to the job you are applying. Don’t send in the same CV for every job.
Don’t overdo it. Make sure your CV is easy to follow, it doesn’t need to be more than two pages long and make use of active language.
Make sure that all the key information is included in the CV. This includes the applicants name, address, and cell phone number. It is no longer required to include your date of birth on your CV, employers are not allowed to discriminate based on age. You do not need to provide a photo unless you are applying for an acting or modelling job.
Show off your achievements. While you should always be honest, you should also include evidence of the things you accomplished.
Look over your CV several times. Make sure you don’t make any sloppy mistakes. It’s a good idea to look over your CV again after a day has passed. That way, you can see it with fresh eyes. You should also ask someone else to look over it for you.
Don’t worry about modesty. A CV is the place to demonstrate your confidence. If you don’t have faith in yourself, then a potential employer won’t believe in you.
In some cases, employers are requesting video CV’s. These require an applicant to film themselves discussing their skills and experience. In other situations, they may request that applicants complete an application online.
If you keep an up-to-date CV, filling out those online applications should be a breeze. You’ll always have all of the information that you need.
There are a number of templates that make it easy to create an appealing CV.
You can also find a CV fact sheet on the National Careers Service website, along with using their CV builder.
If you’re currently seeking a job, check the job database at the Jobcentre to get you off to a strong start.
If you are in Northern Ireland, you can find an additional database of positions in your area.
Careers Wales provides advice in two languages and has advice targeted to job-seekers of all ages. It also has tips on finding a position and coping with redundancy.
Similar advice can be found on Skills Development Scotland. In addition, you can find links to some Scotland-based job sites.
If you’re applying for a job outside of the UK, you can change the format of your CV. In the United States, they call a CV a resume. A CV and a resume are quite similar. They both outline work history, talents, education, and career goals.
I hope that has helped to provide additional help for you to write a targeted Curriculum Vitae to help you get that dream job offer.