10 steps to a successful CV

Kennedy Scott's 10 top tips in making sure your CV is job ready!

1. C.V’s or Resume (in USA) should be a summary of your past achievements.

2. It should be brief – no more than two pages long and be produced professionally on a computer. Handwritten C.V.’s are not acceptable.

3. They should follow a format - with a personal profile coming before any job experience. This is a marketing tool to sell yourself, so take full advantage and draw attention to all your excellent attributes, capabilities, competences and past experience.

4. Make sure any contact details are at the top in bold and are easy to find when an employer needs to call you in for interview. They do not want to be searching for your details.

5. Do not put age or gender – these are irrelevant and not necessary.

6. Regularly update your C.V., once it is produced and store it on a computer or portable dongle.

7. Tailor your C.V. to the job application and highlight your past experience which is more relevant to that job, especially when you are applying across a number of sectors. A tailored C.V. will have more success.

8. Use clear simple fonts – anything fancy detracts from the content.

9. Proof read it and spell and grammar check it on completion – mistakes will give the employer an excuse to reject it.

10. If you are a student or school leaver applying for a first job ensure you put any relevant experience under your personal profile at the top of the C.V. – listing all your education is important but not as important as work experience undertaken in school or college or a weekend/part-time job.