1. Know who it’s for
Be clear about who you are creating this CV for. Know what the role is, who the employer is, exactly what they are looking for and if you can who the person reading your CV will be. The more you can learn about your target, the better you can tailor your CV specifically for them.
2. Less is more
Keep your CV short and sharp. Put in relevant information only and use it to highlight the best bits of information about you. Don’t write an essay. Don’t make it wordy or too funky looking. Don’t explain everything. Make it a document which causes people to want more.
3. Align your online and offline CVs
Think about your online profile as well as your paper CV. These days people search online to find out about you and will expect to see a LinkedIn profile. This is also a great way to be headhunted and found directly by organisations so don’t miss out on this opportunity.
4. Be Genuine
Never lie on your CV. Be true to who you are and what you have done otherwise you risk being caught out and people can usually see through an ungenuine or made up CV. Make sure that you really want this job and that you know you can do it, otherwise it will be very tough to get it. The more authentic you can be in going about your job search, the better chance you will have of succeeding in it.
5. Focus on your strengths
Think about what you are good at and how you can articulate these things in your CV and also across your job search. Stick with your strengths and build on your strengths rather than dwelling of what you feel you may be lacking, weak in or missing out on. You have some great capability and a lot to offer so focus on maximising these and making sure that people know what these are.