Compiling a C.V.


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Recruiters and employers spend an average of 6 seconds reviewing a CV before they make the initial decision on candidates, according to research conducted by TheLadders. This mean you have to WIN THEM OVER FAST!

To compile a great CV you should:

  1. Include URL's of your professional online profile/s, for instance LinkedIn (if you have one)
  2. Include a single phone number and email address
  3. Do not include an objective statement. Its not helpful and it is distracting.
  4. Instead, include an executive summary:
    • Explain who you are and what you are looking for in approximately three to five sentences.
    • Explain what you are great at, most interested in, and how you can provide value to a prospective employer.
  5. Use reverse chronological order. It is easier to see what you have been doing in the recent years immediately.
  6. Use keywords mentioned in the job posting throughout your CV.  This will help you make it past the initial screenings and onto the hiring manager
  7. Provide company descriptions.
    • It is helpful to know the size of the company you use to work for. Being a director of a huge company means something very different than a director at a small company.  
    • Include the company's description as this will also let the hiring manager know what industries you've worked for.  For instance, being an accountant in tech may be very different than being an accountant in the hospitality industry.
  8. Do not list achievements in dense blocks of text. Recruiters receive so many CV's to scan through, so make it as easy as possible for them to understand why you're perfect for the job.  Dense blocks of text are to difficult to read
  9. Quantify your major accomplishments and contributions for each role.  This can include the money you saved or brought in for your employer, deals closed or projects delivered on time or under budget. Do not use more than three to five bullet points.
  10. Recruiters do not spend a lot of time scanning resume's, so avoid dense blocks of text.  The key is to format the information in a way that makes it EASY TO SCAN and recognise your job goals and relevant qualifications.  
  11. Do not use crazy fonts, patterns or colours on your CV.   Stick to black and white colour.  Use BASIC FONT such as Arial, Tahoma or Calibri. 
  12. Do not write your CV in third person, instead you should write it in the first person and do not include pronouns.   Streamline your resume. 
  13. Do not include images.  Avoid adding any embedded tables, pictures or other images in your CV. This can confuse the the hiring manager's software and jumble your CV, making it confusing to read.  
  14. Do not include headers and footers.  It may look neat and concise to display your contact information in the header, but as with embedded images it often gets scrambled in an applicants tracking system
  15. List education at the bottom, unless you are a recent graduate.  You should highlight your work experience and move your education information to the bottom.  Never include anything about your high-school years. The hiring manager is not interested in that. 
  16. Do not say "REFERENCES UPON REQUEST". Every recruiter knows you are going to provide references if they request it, so there is no reason for you to include this line.  Make sure the contact details are still up to date and they can be contacted. 
  17. DO NOT FAX your CV.  Make use of modern technology. 


For a CV template, please email us and we will gladly forward you an example.



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