In our last blog post
, we discussed, among many things, how a university degree is no longer a guaranteed foot in the door in an ever-changing job market. A topic that then begs the question; do you even need a CV in the modern world of 2019?
It is a resounding yes from us here at Grafton Recruitment and we're going to detail exactly why you need a great CV in 2019.
Curriculum Vitae, Latin for "course of (one's) life” and more commonly known as a CV is the brief summation of one's qualifications and career to date.
A CV is your first introduction to any prospective employer, it is your first impression on a piece of paper, it is how you market yourself on the job market and it may well be the key to you getting the job you want.
We have an entire section of our website dedicated to helping you craft the perfect CV but the job market is forever in flux, things are changing at a rapid pace and we would like to share some of the tips we think will revolutionise your CV in 2019
The majority of CVs processed by employers and recruiters are received in a digital format as opposed to the physical bound copies of years before. Make sure your CV is formatted correctly, in a clear and easily read font, with ample spacing and paragraph breaks. It's also key to make sure that the CV is uploaded in the correct format. If an employer has asked for a PDF and you send over a Microsoft Word document, you're in trouble.
2. Keep it concise
The general rule of thumb when it comes to CV writing is to keep it below two pages and that is even more important in today's job market as studies have shown that prospective employers and recruiters only spend a staggering 7.4 seconds looking at a single CV.
You don't have time for reams and reams of paragraphs detailing how perfect you are for the role. Keep to short and snappy paragraphs and bullet points of your skills and qualifications. Your CV should be a highlight of your greatest achievements that will grab the reader in a matter of seconds.
3. Show your personality
You may have limited time in which to do so, but your CV should have a clear and distinct copy that gives the recruiters and employers a good idea of exactly who you are and what you will bring to their job role. These people will be reading hundreds of the same boring CV, so you have to make your CV jump out. Talk about your hobbies, your interests, the books you read and the interesting skills you've picked up over the years. One interesting fact can be enough to make your CV stand out against all the rest.
This is merely a snapshot of what it takes to make a CV truly great. If you'd like some more assistance, our team of recruiters are expertly trained and will be more than happy to help with your CV.