A CV is a fantastic tool to promote your skills and experience and spark interest from a potential future employer! Done right, you will have interview offers by the bucket load. Here at Bluestones Supply Chain, we care about our candidates and want to pass on our knowledge and expertise to help people find their dream job!
Here are a few guidelines to help you make a stand out CV.
- Think About the Structure – Make the document an easy to read length. Hiring managers want to know the facts and quickly. Remember yours will not be the only CV they are reading so you need to stand out.
- Content – Make sure you include contact details, a brief introduction, personal overview, education and qualifications and employment history and interests.
- PROOFREAD – Probably one of the most important things to do. Check all information is correct, in particular, your contact details, and spell check the whole document. The facilities are there to do this easily so there are no excuses for mistakes. Remember if you use the statement “good attention to detail”, this needs to be reflected by having no spelling or grammatical mistakes. So, check and then check again!
- Honesty – There is no point in being nothing but honest about your work history, skills and experience
- Style – Keep the font and layout professional
Here’s the content you should be including in your CV.
Contact Details – Name, address, email, contact telephone numbers, LinkedIn profile
Personal Statement – An opening paragraph that gives a brief overview of your skills and attributes. Always use positive words
Key Skills – This can also be a paragraph which highlights skills and experience you have developed over your work or education history
Work History – Always include the month and year you started and month and year you finished, the company name and your job title. Ideally using bullet points, explain the role and what activities you did on a day to day basis.
Education – This may include college and graduate study. Include the school attended, dates of study, and degree received. Also, include any training and certificates attained whilst working.
Hobbies and Interests – Draw on hobbies and interests that give additional support to your job application. Consider interests that require commitment and organisation or interests that make you stand out.