TOP INTERVIEW TIPS

Layout

Much like before with Content Over Design, we want to make sure that your CV flows in a logical order and that the information the recruiter is looking for is in an easy to read and obvious location. 

Generally, You name and contact details should be at the top of the page, and I would refrain from using a photo unless it has been explicitly mentioned to include. This is to reduce the risk of discrimination or people hiring purely on looks alone. Let your curriculum shine and do the selling, most people have their photos on their LinkedIn profile anyway so no need to show it twice. 

Next, you want to include a personal statement, summary or profile section. This is what the recruiter would read first, make sure you use an impact statement at the beginning of the text, something which shouts exactly what you do and how you are a great fit for the role. 

For example, say you are hiring for the role of Business Intelligence Analyst at a tech company, your statement could say.

"Highly diligent and curious BI Analyst with over a decades' experience working at fortune 500s including...."   

 

This impact statement clearly says what you do, aligns with what they are looking for and is supported with evidence and confidence. 

After your impact sentence, finish it off with a short summary of what skills and experiences you have, what you offer and your motivations. Remember to support everything you say with evidence and qualify your claims with facts and data.

Next below, outline in bullet form some of your key skills and what sets you apart from the rest, look at the job description to give you an idea of what they are looking for and as a source of inspiration. 

The main content of your CV will be a list of your roles and positions, my advice is to keep it short and relevant to the job your hiring for. If your career has spanned over 25 years and you have had many roles and positions during this time, only include the last 10 years to keep your CV from going on to 3 or 4 pages. 

In these, write a short summary of the role and what you did and then in bullet points below outline your main skills or achievements made in this post.

 

Finally, your education and certificates at the end of the document, however, if you're a graduate and this is one of the first jobs you are applying for. You can relocate your education above your career history as this may be more relevant being new in the market.  

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