Use our free checklist to assess your CV for issues.
1. Are you getting job interviews?
2. Is it the right length?
One to Two pages. That’s the sweet spot. It’s great if you have more to say, but not if it won't get read. Edit your CV down to two pages maximum and save some of those great items for the interview!
3. Is easy to read?
There are many things to look at here.
- Font choice & size – use a clear modern font, and don’t have lots of tiny hard to read text. Most CVs are read online, but if they do print it out you want it readable on A4. 9pt bordering on too small,11pt is clear
- Layout - The white space is as important as the text. One to judge this is to zoom out in your word processor and squint your eyes. You should be able to see distinct sections and space - not just a grey block of text.
Is the template Professional and Modern?
Use a modern professional font and, in most instances, a standard template. There are many complex templates out there with photos, and infographics. Avoid them unless you are showing a creative portfolio or it can be linked specifically to the job you are applying for. They can be easy to get wrong and are not always compatible with the software companies use.
4. Have you included numbers & data?
5. Have you shown your results not just your responsibilities?
- Telesales: · Selling online training courses by phone. · Had to make 200 calls a day and sell 3 courses a week.
- “Telesales Consultant: Online Training Courses: Met all KPIs 6 months in a row. Exceeded challenging quarterly sales targets by 125% generating £14,567 revenue. Recognised as top performer Q1 and Q2"
6. Is it tweaked to the job you are applying for?
- If your last jobs involved both marketing and sales, but you are applying for a sales role, make sure sales appears in your job titles and is listed in your responsibilities. Use sales examples of achievements such as hitting targets. Vice-versa for marketing if you are applying for a marketing role.
- If you know 10 types of graphic design software, but the job advert specifically asks for GiMP, then make sure you specifically mention GiMP