Catching the recruiter’s eye

Your CV is one of the most important documents you will ever write.  It has a key role to play in getting you a job that will be a stepping stone to a better future.   So it crucial to bear in mind that it is not – as the literal meaning suggests – the story of your life.   It is a marketing document.  

As with all marketing documents its prime intention is to awaken the interest of the buyer – the recruiter – in what you have to offer.   And the recruiter will make that decision in less than 30 seconds.    So how do you ensure that your CV lands on the short list rather than the “No thank you” pile?

Here are a few tips:

·         Use plain white paper and an 11 or 12 sans serif font.   You may think a fancy font makes your CV stand out.  Instead it annoys.  For emphasis use bold or italic but don’t overdo it.

·         Check for spelling and grammatical errors.  Then ask a friend or family member to check again.

·         Make the contents easier to read by splitting the information you are listing into blocks with headings.

·         A long list of jobs or even tasks is insufficient.