Did you know that 76% of CV’s are discarded for an unprofessional email address?
Your CV (curriculum vitae)
Your CV (curriculum vitae) is often the first contact you will have with a potential new employer and there are several reasons that a CV will be disregarded at the first step. The most common reason for a CV being disregarded is an unprofessional email address.
Think about how you come across to your potential employer – maybe its time to ditch the teenage one you set up all those years ago – after all Littlemissnaughty@ isn’t going to start you off on the right track when seeking a new professional role! We would recommend using an email address with your name as the best option to go with.
A personal profile, also known as a personal statement, career objective and professional profile, is one of the most important aspects of your CV. It’s a short paragraph that sits just underneath your name and contact details giving prospective employers an overview of who you are and what you’re all about.
Skills and Strengths comes next. A skill is something you gain with education and experience; a strength is something you are naturally good at. Tailor these to match the requirements of the job role you are applying for to show the potential employer why they should employ you.
Qualifications and training include all qualifications you have gained from school and college as well as any qualifications or training undertaken at your previous jobs.
Interests, this should include any hobbies and activities you enjoy which can help support your application but only if they highlight responsibilities and skills relevant to the job role you are applying for. The employer certainly doesn’t need to know you enjoy drinking wine and eating chocolate in front of the TV!
References, you do not have to include references on your CV, but you should include a sentence that states –‘references are available on request.’
How long should it be? A CV on average should be around 2 pages long; try to keep to this as any longer you risk the new employer ‘switching off’.
Finally, it’s important to remember that even a single mistake on your CV may prevent you from moving forward in the recruitment process. 61% of recruiters will dismiss a resume because it contains typos and grammatical errors.
43% of hiring managers will disqualify applicants because of their spelling mistakes.
Always proof read your CV, more than once! Something so small can have a huge effect on your career progressing.