5 simple tips to improve your CV

tips to improve your CV

5 simple tips to improve your CV

Tips to improve your CV – that’s today’s subject! Most employers want to recruit employees who have a good mix of two different types of skills – soft skills and hard skills. Getting the balance right can be the difference between making it through from the initial stages of the recruitment process to the all-important shortlist.

So what can you do to ensure your CV is going to be the one that gets you that all important first response?

How to improve your CV

Make it clear and concise

Get help to edit it from someone who writes well – and, if possible, ask another employer or recruiter – so it’s got all the details but one of the faff!

Keep it short

2 pages is normally enough to get everything you need onto paper. In any case, it should be no more than 3 pages at most.

List your key achievements

Your successes in your most recent role should be highlighted. These are the easiest quick wins as long as they are relevant to the role for which you are applying.

Highlight key skills

Take a look at our section below on which skills will make employers sit up and take notice of your CV.

Check for spelling and grammatical mistakes 

No brainer – and if this is not your bag, make sure someone else proof reads it for you.

Need help? We have a CV Review service here

What not to do

As well as making sure you include the things an employer or recruiter needs to see, when it comes to the best tips to improve your CV, there are also things you should not do when it comes to submitting your application for a job

Firstly – DO NOT send an old CV. Check how your current CV may need updating. Similarly, do not send the same CV to every job you apply to – there needs to be a reference to the role for which you are hoping to get an interview. Check the job description and make sure the relevant points are highlighted in your CV. Our CV Review service can help with that

We’ve spoken before about checking your spelling – do a double and triple check before you submit!

We recommend you are concise – and that means avoiding clichés as well. Again, if you ask a professional recruiter for advice they’ll pinpoint any areas that may need to be revised.

Finally, confirmation from the career experts featured in an article in The Independent that experience MUST be relevant –

“Only include this experience if it really showcases additional skills that can translate to the position you’re applying for.”

The best things to include in your CV

If you are a school leaver, we like this list of extracurricular activities to add to your CV from Reed

As a more experienced job applicant looking to move on to your next role, think about how you will illustrate the following key skills for every applicant:

  • Active Listening
  • Communication
  • Computer Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership
  • Management Skills
  • Problem-Solving
  • Time Management
  • Transferable Skills

You can read more on what to include in this great article from Indeed recruitment here 

Good luck with your job search. We hope these tips to improve your CV have helped you to focus on the areas that need improvement. Let us know if we can help with a CV Review – it’s free for those looking for their next job in leisure or hospitality

5 simple tips to improve your CV