Write the CV employers want to read
A recruiter spends an average of just six seconds casting their eye over each CV which lands on their desk. If you want to stand out then you need to make a real impact in those precious seconds. Inspiring Interns offer their advice on how to create a knock-out CV.
- Keep your CV short and sweet. Limit yourself to a single side of A4 and make sure you include only information relevant to the role you’re applying for.
- List your work experience, education and qualifications in reverse order and always include dates when you can.
- Explain gaps honestly rather than trying to gloss over holes in your employment history.
- Also make sure you list any additional skills you’ve learnt and include any supporting information, such as links to a portfolio or blog which showcase your talents.
- Finally, proofread your document for spelling errors and typos – you won’t do yourself any favours with sloppy spelling and poor punctuation!
- Don’t include irrelevant information – they don’t need to know the name of your primary school or what you like to do in your free time.
- Don't write long, rambling descriptions of every job you've ever done. Try to break things down into bite-sized chunks. Avoid paragraphs in favour of neat bullet points which convey the headline info you want them to see.
- Don't waffle. Try to keep your personal statement down to a concise two lines and don’t list generic skills which every candidate will claim to have.
- Don't try to be clever with the font and layout. Never include graphics, logos or illustrations (unless you’re a designer). Your CV needs to look simple, easy to read and polished if you want recruiters to take you seriously.
Inspiring Interns recruits graduates and interns across many different industries.