CV Advice & TipsHRS can help you to achieve your career ambitions and to allow us to do so we need to ensure you have the right CV in place for the job applications in question. Whether you are looking for a job in science, engineering, or technology the formula to the right CV is the same.
Before looking at the CV advice and tips below, there is one key piece of advice to consider:
"Employers / Recruiters can review a few hundred CVs a day and your suitability could be determined in the first 30 seconds."
For this reason you need to make sure your CV content stands out, whilst providing the most relevant information in a clear and concise manner. Investing time in your CV content will save the reviewer time and maximise your chances of successful job applications.
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Length:Permanent: 2 - 3 pages
It is recommended that this is up to 2 pages in length but for those who have worked for a number of companies / projects this may go on to a third page.
Contract: 3 - 4 pages
Similar to permanent you want to aim to be in the 2-3 page length but for those who have worked on multiple short term projects / assignments this may need to go to 4 pages.
A CV which is in excess of four pages should be discussed with your HRS consultant, as we may be able to offer advice and recommend changes to prevent it being too lengthy.
Ensure these are in a place where they can be easily found. At the top of the first page is our recommendation and the details required are:
- Full Name (do include any relevant accreditations i.e. MRSC)
- Home Address
- Contact Telephone Number (mobile, home & work)
- Email Address (personal and work)
- LinkedIn Profile ID (if applicable)
HRS TipDouble and triple check these are correct to ensure that you are contactable.
Personal Statement / Profile
This is not an essential requirement but it certainly can help to tailor your experience and expectations to the company / job you are applying to. This requires 2-4 sentences maximum, located just underneath your contact details, and can help to show the reviewer you have taken the time to recognise their requirements and to engage their interest in you.
HRS TipA Personal Statement although very powerful can cause complications if you are applying to multiple positions and forget to change this on a job by job basis. Make sure you check this is relevant to the exact position and its requirements before applying.
Education / History
Based upon your experience to date the following two sections can be ordered before or after one another, i.e. If you are a graduate your unique selling point (USP) is your academic achievements, but if you are an industry expert your USP may be your experience before your academics. If in doubt this can be discussed with any HRS consultant.
Educational / Professional Qualifications
Make sure you position your highest level of qualification first and work backwards from there. List each of your accreditations and make sure you specify where and when you did them.
Work History / Expertise
Make sure you position your most recent / current role first. Under each of your positions ensure you specify what you did, who you worked for and when this was. If you work in a specialised field the recommendation is to specify each niche skill set / expertise under each of your positions. Again list the most relevant one’s in comparison to the job / company you are applying to.
HRS TipWhere possible list certain expertise / academics in bullet point form. The easier they are to identify, the easier reviewer will be able to determine your suitability to the role.
Hobbies & Interest
Although these are not necessarily going to get you the job they will certainly help to add more of your personality to your CV. List the key ones without putting too much focus / using up valuable space. Although we want the client to get to know you, the priority is you are there to do the job first.
HRS TipKnow your audience. If you know the company you are applying to have similar values and interests to you. Try and show this in this section if applicable.
Publications (if applicable)
These can be very relevant to the role you are applying to but can really pack out and elongate your CV. Our advice would be to provide these to your HRS consultant to be held on your record and then state ‘available upon request’ on your CV.
HRS TipIf you have a list of publications put the two most relevant to the job under this heading and then state how many more are available upon request.
References / Contact Referee
It is common practice to provide two professional references when applying to a new job. This is likely to be your current employer and either a previous employer or an academic reference. Our advice would be to provide these to your HRS consultant who will store them on your records and state ‘References are available upon request’. That way HRS can help.
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