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So, you’ve built a relationship with the right recruiter, you’ve seen a couple of positions you would like to apply for, now do you have the CV to make an impression within 10 seconds?


Take a look at some of the points below, some of which may seem like plain common sense but getting your CV right to make that first impression is one of the most important things you can do to secure an interview for your dream job:


  • Tailor your CV.  Always tailor your CV to a specific position you’re applying for. This shows the employer that you have a genuine interest in working for their company and not just sending your CV to anyone you can. Also, include a covering letter to reinforce your personal statement and demonstrate why you are the best person for the job.

  • Try and stick to no more than two A4 pages

  • Get the order right. Start your CV with your personal details clearly stated at the top; full name, address, contact number(s), email. Then personal statement, followed by employment history, qualifications/training/education, and finally hobbies and interests.

  • Personal Statement. This is really important; most employers will make their decision about a CV within the first 10 seconds and a personal statement is often the first thing they read. Try to clearly summarise your aims, goals, assets, skills and personality traits. Why are you the best person for this job?

  • Employment History. Always start with your most current employer and work backwards. Put clear dates and don’t leave any blanks. If there have been breaks in your career, can you put a positive spin on it. For example; courses, volunteer work, starting a family etc. For each employer, write a short but clear summary of the responsibilities you held and how your transferable skills can be adopted with a new employer. Bullet points are a good idea, back up all your achievements with numbers, include all sales figures, KPI’s, targets. Get the most important details in there as a taster to the employer and leave the detail for the interview.

  • Hobbies/interests. Everyone loves a personality and a hobby/interest can tell a lot about a person. So, don’t be afraid to surprise your employer with passions and exciting information about yourself, but keep it professional.

  • Tell the truth!! Always tell the truth, your background and references will be checked… honesty is the best policy. It would be awful to get caught out at interview, left speechless as you are unable to answer questions on what you claim to know.

  • Check all spelling and grammar, and always keep your CV up to date.


Hopefully the above guidelines will be a useful aid in getting your CV perfect. However, if you would like us to support you with your CV, just ask, that’s what were here for!


Or make your CV come to life with a Skype consultation and we can begin on creating a professional profile with you. At Oval Deene we have a personable approach and like to build relationships with our candidates which inevitably leads to a better success rate in securing dream jobs. And more often than not a few years, months or even weeks down the line, candidates then become clients looking for their own staff, and their first point of call is often the recruiter which supported them as a candidate.


Get in touch with us on 01435 873941 or email [email protected] for a confidential chat.



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