1. Don't ramble - Employers and recruiters are not interested in reading a novel. The ideal length of a CV would be 2-3 pages long, unless the role you are applying for calls for a longer technical CV. In this case, it is worth having two versions of your CV, a generic simple CV and a more complex detailed CV.
2. Employers want clear, concise facts and dates. Use bullet points to show what you have done in each job role, this makes it easier to read than a bulk amount of text. Make sure you show key achievements.
3. Is your content relevant and to the point? It is always worth tailoring your CV to the role that you are applying for. If the role is calling for someone who is great with spreadsheets, make sure this is in your CV.
4. Ensure your contact details are clear at the very top of your CV.
Tel: 0121 234 5678 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Don't over use fancy fonts, italics, graphics (unless you are applying for a graphic design role). The good intention of making your CV fancy, actually appears chaotic and unnecessary to the employer.
6. Ensure you compose an accompanying letter/email that is relevant to the role you are applying for. Show you have read the role, even researched the company and tell them why you are a good fit for the role. This is a great opportunity to entice the reader into opening your CV.
7. Spell and grammar check. Simple right? Get someone to read your CV, friends, family etc. Ask for honest feedback.
Writing a CV can be overwhelming and incredibly difficult for some to write. You don't want to appear big headed, boasting about all of your achievements. That's understandable, but this is your very first impression on a company, so you need to stand out. Competition for jobs, nowadays, is fierce. Having a great CV is one of your biggest assets.
If you feel like you need help, get in touch.