You’ve got the drive, the experience and the know-how to apply for a range of marketing agency jobs, but does your CV reflect your abilities in the best light?
Your CV is your own personal free ad where you get to showcase everything you’ve got that makes you stand out as the best possible candidate. A well constructed CV is the first chance you’ll get to shine in the eyes of any potential employer, so make sure your CV does exactly what you’d like it to.
Here are our key tips on making sure your CV creates the impact you deserve:
1. Presentation is everything – use a reliable design program or hire a designer to give your CV a contemporary look. Ensure it’s saved in a prominent file format so that your intended audience can open it. If in doubt, stick to a word document.
2. Keep it brief – preferably to a couple of pages. Use bullet points to highlight your experiences and achievements and include an incisive personal profile, no more than 100 words outlining your experience and abilities.
3. Avoid superfluous personal detail such as religion and sex – employers may like to know that you’re a Mac or PC person, not that you’re a cat fanatic.
4. List work, educational and training experiences and qualifications in reverse chronological order.
5. Make sure that it works well in conjunction with your portfolio – ensure standard formatting and presentation, whether online or in hard copy.
6. Tell the truth – employers will see through a lie (and that’s not good).
7. Include all computer skills, language skills and any relevant training.
8. Referees can be provided on request.
9. Proof read it – check for typos and ask a friend to read it through. Your experience may be entirely suitable, but employers will judge you on grammatical and spelling mistakes.
For more advice to getting your CV right, get in touch with Michael Page Agency.