CV tips you need to know (from the people who know them!)

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TOP TIP 1: Tailor your CV to the job

We believe this is the most important piece of advice on this list!

Most Hiring Managers deal with a shed load of candidates daily, meaning they will quickly check if CVs match the main requirements of the provided job description. 


If a role is appealing to you, start off by highlighting the job description’s main keywords. Does it require a certain expertise? A specific type of experience? See what the most relevant keywords from the job description are and make sure to tailor your CV accordingly by using those words where appropriate. Matching a job description’s language will always be seen positively, as it shows that you understand what the business is looking for and have the right background for the advertised position. 

If you don’t quite fit the job description in terms of experience, don’t worry: you can show how you’ve completed other similar tasks. You can also give examples of times when you had to learn a new skill and did it quickly. 

TOP TIP 2: Get. To. The. Point!

We usually say that 2 pages is good, but 1 page is better when it comes to a CV, especially if you are in the early stages of your career. This will show the Hiring Managers that you know how to highlight key information in a few words, which are appealing traits. 


We would also advise avoiding any fluff from a design perspective if you are applying for a corporate role. Yeah, Canva is ace but focus on the content, not the container – unless you are applying for a highly creative role that would require incredible graphic design skills, of course!

TOP TIP 3: Be loud and proud!

Any business looking to hire a new person will want to find someone who can make a difference and actually contribute to the companies success. This means that Hiring Managers will pay close attention to your past contributions to a business.

  • What key results were you able to deliver? 
  • How have you added value to the department? 
  • (If poss) provide numbers: they will speak volumes on your resume

TOP TIP 4: Mind the gap!

Everyone has a different life story: maybe you got a job straight after uni...until the beaches of Thailand were calling so you left home for a year to travel, or maybe you had an illness and were not able to work for a while, or maybe you were looking after somebody else at home. 


If there is a gap in your CV make sure you don’t just gloss over it. You don’t need to give the Hiring Manager your life story but a quick sentence just to explain the gap will tell them what they need to know. . It can be as simple as “Raising my family”, “Unemployed because of COVID-19 crisis” or “Went back to Uni”.  

By doing so, Hiring Managers will have a better understanding of who you are and what your journey has been like so far.

TOP TIP 5: Get feedback!

Getting a second opinion is always valuable when drafting or improving your CV. Ask a good friend or colleague in your industry for feedback, and make sure they pay close attention to spelling mistakes. 

Another thing people sometimes do is go to the source, by asking a Consultant at a recruiter for feedback on their CV. Recruiters speak to their clients every day, meaning they know what specific businesses are looking for. 


Want more tools and help? Rutherford has created over time several articles on different elements to keep in mind in your job search. If you'd like more tips and advice, please see the below: