Tailor your CV.
Do your technical and people skills match those in the job and person descriptions? A recent survey revealed that less than a third of job seekers consistently tailor their CV s for each individual job.
Make a statement.
Start by summarising your skills and experience. Employers scan CVs quickly, so grab their attention.
Be concise and consistent.
Limit yourself to the most relevant work experience and list employers, job roles and responsibilities in reverse chronological order. Use bullet points and stick to the same format throughout.
An employer hiring a cost manager will want to know budgetary details, so use the formula, "I saved the company £y" or "I negotiated a discount of £x on labour/materials". Detail your contribution, not that of your team.
List all relevant skills.
Make sure examples are specific and evidence based. Always include relevant terminology and any industry memberships as these may be picked up by software scanning for keywords.
Mind the gap.
Interviewers are notorious for picking up on any gaps in your work history, so be prepared to discuss these. If you were made redundant, discuss any courses you have attended to update your skills or retrain.
Cover your bets.
Pay attention to your covering letter and use this opportunity to emphasise your skills and to stress why you are the best person for the job.
Check it out.
Don't forget to check for spelling and grammatical errors. Print out hard copies of your CV and covering letter. This will help you identify mistakes otherwise missed editing on screen. Ask a friend for a second opinion.