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.