7 tips for CV success in 2017
1. Be creative. Experiment with the format of your CV and try to add your personal flair to the layout. In recent years, candidates have even gone digital in the form of video CVs and games, but this is usually only worth it if you’re in a creative industry. 2. Be careful. If you choose a more creative format for your CV, don’t let it be detrimental – don’t choose anything too distracting or difficult to read from. 3. Proofread. Make sure you triple check your CV; you don’t want avoidable errors to hinder your chances before you’re even through the door. Have someone else check over it too. 4. Don’t make it too long. Your CV should be no longer than one or two A4 pages. Recruiters aren’t likely to have the time to read five pages, no matter how talented you are. 5. Tailor each CV. Every CV you send out should be tailored to the role you’re applying for. Choose relevant examples and skills to demonstrate why you’re the best person for the job. 6. Keep it up to date. Update your CV whenever you gain a new skill or qualification. Remember that your career goals may change over time and that your CV should reflect this. 7. Sending your CV online. In today’s digital world, you may be sending your CV via email or through a job board like CV-Library. Save your CV with the .PDF file extension to ensure that recruiters can open it on any device. A PDF will also maintain formatting, so you can be sure that employers are seeing your CV as you intended.