In this blog post I’ll cover how you should present your previous employment experience, what to include and discard, and how far back you should go.The first thing to cover is how this information is presented. List your experience in bullet points rather than sentences. This makes the information you are providing easier to read and understand for the recruiter.
When writing your bullet points, elaborate on your duties to show tangible achievements that came as a result of your actions, this shows you are an achiever, rather than a doer.
Let’s look at a typical example.
Cold called potential clients prospecting for new business
Sure, this explains what you did, but there’s a million of other candidates out there who do the same. This is a poor description and doesn’t set you aside from other candidates.
Compare it with:
Cold called in excess of twenty new clients per day, maintaining a £50k pipeline that generated in excess of £20k in extra revenue per month.
This clearly demonstrates what the result of your duty was. In the first example, you might be making the calls, but how does the recruiter know if this led to any benefit for your previous company if you fail to tell them?
Detail only the duties of the positions that are relevant to the new position you are applying for, and keep the history to a maximum of ten years. The fact you provided excellent customer service at MacDonald’s 20 years ago, isn’t relevant to you managing a team of IT technicians now, so omit it.
CV design is a vitally important aspect of your application, if your CV is plain and lacks personality, in a pile of applications it can be easily overlooked. It’s one of the most common mistakes candidates make today.
On the other hand, bright colours, big text, fancy fonts, and pictures, can be visually off-putting and lead to instant rejection. The key is to keep the CV looking professional while adding aspects that catch the eye of recruiters. This can be a coloured header, a sidebar or a professional font other than Arial or Calibri.
Ensure all your section headers use the same size and font throughout, along with the body text of your CV. Make sure your CV sections and text align perfectly with each other and use the same weight, size and spacing within your text. Keep the CV size A4, and avoid coloured backgrounds and images as these are disliked by applicant tracking systems.
Save your CV as a PDF and use this for your application. This ensures when the CV is opened by a recruiter, it doesn't lose it's formatting due to compatibility issues which is common with Word and Pages.
Finally, ensure your supporting documents match the design and formatting of your CV. This shows that you care about attention to detail and it looks significantly more professional.
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