To get the jobs you deserve you must give the right impression to prospective employers. Your CV is a sales document and it is usually the first thing the employers see about you. Thus it's vital that it gives out the right messages. It should provide examples of your work and match your credentials to the requirements of the company and the job you are interested in. However, never let yourself be tempted to be 'economical with the truth!'
A professionally presented CV, containing concise and pertinent information on your technical / sales skills and commercial experience is key to getting an all important face-to-face meeting. There is no such thing as the perfect CV, but if you bear the following points in mind when compiling your CV you may get close!
Keep it precise:
The ideal CV should be no longer than three to four pages. Write down everything about yourself (professional and personal) and then cut it back, focusing on key points. Remember not to keep out any important information - include details of the technical / sales environments you have worked in and the types of tools that you have used.
Easy to read:
Keep it clear - the easier it is to read the more likely it is to receive attention!
Chronological is logical:
Don't expect the reader to have to investigate your CV to find out what you have done. Reverse chronological is the best order to position information in. Your last job should have the most comprehensive coverage.
Give a short 'at a glance' skills and experience summary at the top of the CV, relevant to the role you are applying for. This allows the employer to immediately identify your suitability for the post. Be sure to include all languages and technical environments with how long you have used them or a grading system.
Don't leave gaps:
If there are any gaps in your employment history, or seemingly strange moves, explain them. Don't let your CV throw up more questions than answers.
Be as objective as you can and don't under or over sell yourself. Get a third party that understands your skills and experience to give you an independent opinion on your CV.
Be an achiever:
List your achievements as well as your skills and qualifications.
Include non-work interests and hobbies but keep it brief.
Prepare your CV as far as possible in the third person.
Don't include contacts for references - make them 'available on request'.
Keep it up to date:
Update your CV every six months, whether you are looking for a job or not.
Lynx will submit your CV to companies in the exact format that we receive it from you. If we think the format can be enhanced we will suggest improvements to you. On some occasions a client may require that all CV's are submitted in a standard format or house style. However, in line with our ethical approach to recruitment we will only make amendments to your CV having discussed these changes with you. These are usually cosmetic rather than material changes.