Whether you’re writing a CV from a blank canvas or updating an old version of your CV, this guide will provide you with tips and advice you need to ensure that your CV gets noticed by a recruiter or hiring manager.
Here is what you’ll find inside this guide:
You may feel like you have all your information set out and ready, but you should create a tailored document which is going to be suitable for the roles which you are applying for. So let’s take some time to think about what you are looking for in your next position.
Once you know what type of role you are looking for and the skills and knowledge you hold, you can start your search for the position or similar roles on our job search or online.
Review these job descriptions and list out the most common skills, competencies, software and applications for you and understand where you have relevant experience.
You’re now ready to start building a CV which reflects you and your professional experience.
Firstly, let’s start by saying there is no one correct way to write or structure your CV, however there a few elements which will help you have a cleaner and clear layout on your CV.
Remember that your CV will be seen by many recruiters, hiring managers, HR and talent acquisition professional, be mindful that the hiring manager will know what they are looking for in a candidate. Other professionals may only be aware of some buzz words, so your CV must read clearly for both readers.
Now, start by building your structure in a Word document or any other word editor. Simple design software such as Canva can help you design your CV and make it stand out.
Provide a bulleted list of your skills ensure they are relevant to the role you are applying or looking for.
References aren’t usually included on a CV, and it is okay if you simply state “Reference available on request.”
Your personal statement should be added directly after your contact details. This will be the first section to be read by a recruiter or hiring manager. So this must capture their attention.
Useful tips to writing your personal statement:
A Facilities Manager with 8 of years’ experience within the FM sector looking after the maintenance of a single high profile site. I have experience in soft services management and managing a team of six. I’m also highly motivated and driven to achieve business targets and customer expectations.
Now we can tell the potential employer/recruiter about your employment history. You should start this with the most current role and list each position in chronological order.
Each role should have the following format:
Try to avoid leaving gaps in your employment history. Be as transparent as you can and try to explain what you were doing during the time which you weren’t actively working.
Explain the value you added to the role/business rather than listing your daily duties. It is also best practice to let the employer or recruiter know if a role was temporary or permanent.
Review the types of jobs you are applying to and ensure that you use the same terminology and keywords used in the job description.
You can also provide more information on the roles which you feel are more relevant to the job which you are applying for.
Facilities Manager, [Company name] – December 2018 – January 2020 – Manchester
Now you should list your skills to the reader, a simple list of the skills and specific platforms/applications you use which relate to the role you are applying for. You can reference these in your personal profile and work experience sections.
If you get stuck identifying your transferable skills, think about previous experiences such as teaching yourself how to set up a website or maybe some home renovations which you carried out. These tasks will have required you to use or acquire different skills.
When you are writing the employment history section, you should use action verbs to communicate what you achieved.
You are nearly there and have worked so hard to create the perfect CV. Don’t forget to proofread it properly. So here are CV errors to look out for:
Once you’re happy with your CV and its job application ready, find the job search platforms, recruitment agencies which you wish to register with. You can register with us here.
Our registration takes less than a minute and allows you to set up job alerts and manage your applications. When you have registered one of our recruiters will contact you to understand your job search requirements.