Date posted: 9/06/2017 2 min read

Five tips to fix your CV

Is your CV holding you back from landing your dream job?

In brief

  • Your CV needs to elevate you above other job applicants.
  • Present your future employer with a CV that focuses on your accomplishments.
  • Five ways to fix your CV and maximise your chances of securing an interview.

Have you ever applied for a job that you know you are perfect for, only to never get the call back for an interview?  

It could be that your CV is lacking the polish it needs to elevate you above the pack and secure an interview.  

You may well be qualified, experienced and a perfect fit for a role, but if your CV doesn’t demonstrate that in a clear, easy to digest format you may be left waiting for a phone call that never comes.

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Here are five simple yet often overlooked tips to fix your CV and maximise your chances of securing that interview.

Five tips to fix your CV

  • 1. Provide up-to-date contact details

    It’s important to make contacting you as easy as possible. Ensure you provide your full name, current address, landline and mobile phone numbers, email address and a link to your LinkedIn profile. These details need to be easy to locate on your CV and cover letter, so don’t bury them on the final page.

  • 2. Mind your language

    Check your CV carefully for typos, grammar and spelling. Avoid clichés, metaphors and jargon. Don’t list responsibilities and duties in bullet point form. Instead, construct a proper sentence that articulates how you were responsible and how you performed your duties. Include your key achievements in each of your previous roles.

  • 3. Avoid the "one size fits all" approach

    Your CV should target the specific criteria listed for the position you are applying for. Avoid sending out the same CV with all of your applications. Pay close attention to the key skills and requirements in the job ad and make sure you address those in your application. Wherever possible, include specific examples that demonstrate why you are the right person for the job.

  • 4. Be authentic

    When presenting yourself in your CV, do not be misleading. Don’t include experience that’s more than ten years old unless it is relevant to the role you are applying for. Be honest and transparent about goals you have accomplished that demonstrate your professional experience. 

  • 5. Education and experience

    If you are a recent graduate with little professional experience, place your education at the top of your CV as you would usually do with past employment details. You may be new to the workforce and your chosen profession, but you may still have accomplishments such as volunteer work or internships that you can highlight.