Your CV is likely to be the first chance to make an impression on potential employers, so it’s vital yours is a good one. Over the years Anne Corder Recruitment has offered a great deal of CV advice, which is why we have put together all of our CV tips onto one handy resource page for you here. Use our quick navigation below to jump to the section most relevant to you.
From CV writing tips to personal statement tips, we want you to feel confident and assured that your application is perfectly polished, getting you through to the interview stage. If you need any further assistance with an application with us, we are always here to offer advice – just get in touch to discuss further.
These articles will take you from the very first steps of creating your CV and what is required, right through to making creative and stand-out CVs that really shout about your skills, expertise and personality.
Free CV preparation tips for beginners or those who are a little out of practice.
Complete CV triumphs and failures – what to avoid when writing a CV and advice from the experts.
Our free guides to a noticeable CV – including how to use data to really bolster your CV’s impact.
Formatting tips and fun ideas for really creative CVs.
What should a CV and personal statement include?
Writing a CV is a fine art and getting started is the hardest part, which is why we have a wealth of useful CV preparation tips, including a handy CV template, available to download here.
Within this article, you’ll also find a neat list of things you should consider when composing your CV, such as, ‘Explain gaps in your job history – whether it was to bring up children, take a gap year or as a result of redundancy’. Read the entire blog below.
CV writing Dos and Don’ts
When writing a CV, it is very easy to make the most common mistake – embellishing your CV. The desire to impress is an understandable one, but:
- don’t claim to have a degree if you don’t have one
- don’t claim to have a better degree than you have
- don’t fill in missing gaps with jobs you haven’t had; and
- don’t promote yourself in previous job titles.
Employers are becoming more savvy about checking CVs. It is now not uncommon for new employers to ring previous employers, call colleges or search online. So, while it can seem an obvious thing to say, please resist the urge to embellish a CV with more experience or skills than you can account for.
In our article, The experts’ have their say: How to write a great CV we use our advice (over two decades worth) to discuss the best way to triumph in your CV. After all, your CV is the only way you can truly communicate what an asset you are before an interview and will be used comparatively by employers.
A few tips to make sure your CV makes the right impression with recruiters:
- proofread your CV and triple check for any spelling or grammatical errors
- use bullet points to list your skills and experience
- include a clear personal statement
- and always clearly state your location and whether you are intending to relocate
Our blog contains many more tips and detailed advice, especially regarding editing and keeping CVs up to date.
Creating a Standout CV
At Anne Corder Recruitment, we love nothing more than to help you get your CV polished and ready. We understand what it is like for our candidates to try and shine within a competitive job market, which is why we want to give you the right tools.
An often neglected, but extremely important aspect of a CV are the numbers you choose to include. That’s right, we’re talking data and how you can use numbers to be precise with what you have achieved in your work history. Whether that is budgets you’ve managed or a timescale for a project you worked on.
Tips for creative CVs
Whatever the format, always show the value you have to offer, in your take on a creative CV. This blog explores when creating your CV do think about the areas that a recruiter will first look at. Is it the header section? A right-hand column? We look at what works best, as well as discuss video format CVs.
Finally, this last blog post will give you a little extra inspiration when being creative with your CV. It also helps define some boundaries for creativity – giving you a little guidance on what recruiters still want to, and don’t want to, see.
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