5 Things Employers Look For On Your CV


5 Things Employers Look For On Your CV

5 Things Employers Look For On Your CV

Writing a CV isn’t the same as writing a thriller or a fantasy novel. A prospective employer is looking for the ideal candidate for the advertised role, not someone who has a great imagination. You want to interest the employer, and to do this you have to write an accurate reflection of your skills, experience and achievements. Here are five things employers look for on your CV.

1. Show off your skills

You should always list your skills in your CV. If you’re applying for call centre jobs you must be able to demonstrate that you have good communication skills. Make sure that you read the advertisement properly; there’s a world of difference between telesales and telemarketing. Skills that are suitable for one of these roles might not necessarily work for another. If you constantly achieved your sales targets, then put this on your CV.

2. Good use of English

You don’t have to be an English graduate to have a decent command of the English language. If you can’t be bothered to check your spelling and grammar on your CV then why should an employer be bothered to give you a job? If you’re at all unsure about your CV then seek advice. The National Careers Service has some excellent advice on its website and you can even download one of their templates.

3. Write a covering letter

Bearing in mind that many hundreds of CVs will pass through a busy HR department on any given day, write a covering letter. Make it concise, you’re not writing your life story, and relate the letter to the job that you’re applying for. Go through the advert line by line and detail in points why you would be good for that role. Your CV will provide further evidence of your skills, experience and achievements.

4. Don’t be too wordy

An employer wants to be able to see if you’re worth interviewing, let alone filling a job vacancy. Put your contact details at the top of your CV. Then list your most recent roles. If you haven’t got much work experience then you’ll have to be able to demonstrate that you have other achievements that are suitable for a job. List referees at the bottom of your CV.

5. Make your CV stand out

The first page of your CV is the one that should command attention. List your duties at other jobs that will match the specifications of the role that your are seeking.
A recent article in the Daily Telegraph suggests that many employers are ‘burning CVs’ because they’re so frustrated by them. Always list your most recent job first and outline the skills that you’ve used. Don’t include too many personal details. If you are on LinkedIn or Twitter then insert those links on your CV. If you’ve used your social media accounts to abuse your friends, insult the monarchy or any other random rants, sort out your accounts before you forward your CV. Space your CV well but don’t use coloured or fancy fonts, they don’t look professional. If you follow these simple guidelines at least your CV won’t be thrown in the bin.




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