DITCH THE FIBS, LOSE THE FLAB – AND GET POSITIVE
It’s always a great time to detox your CV! Trust us, you may have read your CV a thousand times, but we guarantee our CV detox will make it better – and there’s no cabbage soup in sight, promise.
Step 1: Lose the flab
No, we’re not talking about your post-Christmas spare tyre – that’s for another website! We’re referring to your achievements and experience – we want employers to see them as quickly and as clearly as possible. This means short, snappy sentences that go straight to the point, there’s no room for flowery sentences on your CV – it’s not an English essay! Make your skills and experience leap out from the page – don’t bury your triumphs beneath a load of waffle (otherwise known as CV flab).
Step 2: Have a clear out
Bold, italics, underlining – it’s soooo last season. Ask yourself: “How easy is my CV to read and scan? Is there too much formatting on there?” You can have tonnes of good stuff on your CV, but if it’s covered in different fonts, bullets and numbering, you’ll risk confusing – or even annoying – the person reading it. This applies to your grammar style too. Is your CV written in the first person, “I won a trophy for…” or the third person, “Won a trophy for…”? Either is fine, but sticking to one will make your CV read much, much better.
Step 3: Get positive
In other words – show your potential. But this is obvious, right? Wrong! Your CV may be brimming with stuff you’ve done, but it must show what you can do too. Make sure all your skills are on there. Keen blogger? Put it on there (that shows you can write and that you’re consistent). School football captain? Put it on there (that shows you’re confident, and have natural team leading skills).
Step 4: Ditch the fibs
Re-read your CV – are there any little lies on there? You need to sell yourself, yes, but the littlest of lies can trip you up in an interview or on an application. And once you’ve planted the seed of doubt into an employer’s mind, they may start questioning all the true – and great – stuff on your CV. And who could blame them?
Step 5: Lose the toxins!
Once detox steps 1-4 are complete it’s time to fully detoxify – say goodbye to any nasty typos that may be lurking. The best way to proof read your CV is to:
- print it out
- find somewhere quiet to read it – where there’s few distractions
- go through it word by word, reading it aloud if necessary
Once you’ve done the above, read your CV aloud to a friend. How does it sound? Does it flow nicely? Are there any sentences that sound awkward or odd? If so, change them. And voila – you’re ready for 2014, good luck!