At 360 Employment Evolution we hold job applicants in the same high regard as the companies who place jobs with us. We need you in order to meet our client requirements, and that’s why we want to share our top tips for a successful job application.
This month, we’d like you to take a moment to consider your CV. We’re running through some statements we regularly hear in the office from candidates. We’re going to debunk some of the myths and reveal some of the secrets in the minefield that is creating an effective CV…
1. You can only have one CV
False. It is so important to tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for. This is because the person screening your application will be looking to see how relevant your CV is to the requirements they are recruiting against. Like a tick sheet. The more ticks you have that are similar to the job description, the more it shows a potential employer you can do the job you have applied for.
2. It should be no more than 2 pages
False. Your CV is a piece of marketing designed to sell your skills and ability to potential employers. It is designed to make you appealing and to create a ‘want’ for that employer to meet with you. In order to get your CV (if lengthy) onto 2 pages you might end up changing the font size (you may make it so small its illegible), or deleting content. Why delete content? Never delete information off your CV that covers gaps in employment, or ‘extra-curricular’ activity that you don’t think is relevant to an employer. It’s all so important and may just win you an interview slot!
3. It should include your photo
False. It is not important to include a photo. Unless you are applying to work at a model agency, your appearance, at the early stages of an application, should not matter. There are some exceptions to this rule – but as a general rule of thumb it shouldn’t be included nor should it matter. Photos can open you up to discrimination. Be hired for your worth, not your selfie ability!
4. It should include details of your referees
False. Only put your details on your CV. Why would you want to encourage potential employers to contact anyone but you? You want to handle your application, reference requests and understand where you are in the selection process. If an employer wants to obtain references it must mean they are interested in taking your application further.
5. It should include your national insurance number
False. Unless you are exchanging contracts, why put your national insurance number on your CV? This does not define you as a potential employee – stick to selling your skills and abilities.
6. It should not include short term temporary roles
False. Always include all employment roles on your CV – it shows an employer your commitment to work, ability to adapt and drive to remain in employment.
7. It should include your reasons for leaving roles
False. There is no need, and this will probably be discussed during interview. If this is a tricky topic for you, its far easier to explain in person. Putting it in writing may create more questions than it answers.
8. It should be in the third person
False. It’s about you – so write about you as if you are you! ‘I am able to type 60 words per min’ for example. Its easier to read and helps employers to relate to you.
9. Bullet points are a must
True. This gives the reader of your CV a very clear picture and check list of your capabilities and proven track record of employment skills within specific sectors. It’s clear, concise, user friendly and will look neater. It is also easier and more welcoming to read then huge lengthy paragraphs.
10. Should I include a covering letter?
Yes. Whether an email or a covering letter – this is the best and most professional way to communicate with a potential employer. First impressions start at application – not at interview.