When a recruiter looks at your CV, the presentation, way it reads or grammar may be a turn off. Not everyone has the right experience for a particular role but you can still make yourself look like a desirable candidate either way. Here are tips for creating the best property candidate CV.
1) Name and contact details –
Whilst searching through CV’s for the right candidate I can’t tell you how many CV’s I have come across online that are missing contact details. It’s understandable that sometimes recruiters do bombard you with calls for a potential role, however if you are job hunting it also makes your job easier if jobs come to you, rather than you spending endless hours job hunting. It’s important to be contactable, if not by mobile then at least by email. Your contact details should be positioned at the top of the page and should have your postcode or area so that the recruiter can verify whether the role is within a suitable distance for you to travel to.
2) LinkedIn profile –
It’s always good to have a link to your linked in profile. Recruiters can easily verify who you are, your job history and if you have any references from anybody who you have worked with.
3) Personal statement –
This paragraph is key as it is the first few keywords anyone will look at. Your potential boss or a recruiter will skim read to see if you have the professional profile and objectives that are relevant to the role or brand. This is as simple as “ a negotiator who Is looking for a challenge..”. Keep it short and sweet and state what you can offer a company.
4) Employment history –
Keep the dates you worked and companies you worked for clear and concise. This is the most important section of your CV and your relevance to a role needs to be easily read. Your most recent role should be first, as this is most relevant. No one wants to have to scroll down your CV and search for what they need, you need to make them want to read on. You should always state your job title and summarise the role in a short paragraph or bullet points so it’s easy for the reader to grasp. You may also want to add any of your key achievements such as what you have banked during that role if it was a sales role.
5) Education history –
It’s good to have a basic breakdown of your education such as dates attended, what you studied and a summary of grades. This also adds to a key skills section and can let the recruiter/employer know what your best qualities are and if you have basic English and math skills etc.
6) Length –
For most employees three page CV’s are a turn off. Try and limit it to two pages and be concise with where you have more information
7) Headings –
Make sure your CV is sectioned with clear headings so information can be easily found and the recruiter knows what their looking at.
8) Proof read! –
Make sure your CV reads well, has no typo’s, bad grammar or spelling mistakes.
9) Try not to leave gaps –
If you’ve travelled or taken a break, sometimes it’s nice for an employer to know your complete history. Gaps left unexplained can make an employer think you are unreliable.
10) Keep it up to date –
This is imperative. No employer or recruiter wants to guess what you have been doing, you are selling yourself through your CV so keeping it up to date is a key function of being suitable for a role.
The key to the best CV’s are the ones with the clearest layouts, easy to read and obviously have the relevant employment background. If you follow our tips, you will stand out and have an attractive CV.