Five steps to spring-clean your CV

Five Steps to spring-clean your CV

It’s the season for a good old clear out. So why not give your CV a polish, by following our five-step guide?

“The mistake many people make about their CV is to think of it as a static document. But it should be revised and reviewed on a regular basis and tailored to specific job opportunities. That way, it will always do the best possible justice to your skills, talents, and potential.”

      “The best CVs start with a statement that summarises a person’s strengths, experience and talents,”...  

That’s the view of Jody Collings, a senior consultant at Just Recruitment Group Ltd, who handles hundreds of CVs a month. She says the ones that stand out are concise, accurate and well written, creating just the right impression of a prospective candidate.

To ensure your CV is as sharp as a box of razor blades, here are Jody’s top tips to give it a spring clean.

1. Be ruthless

Okay, so your Mum and Dad are very proud of your silver medal in the school dance competition. But you’re a twenty-something professional, and it’s unlikely to help you stand out from the crowd when you go for your next sales job.

“Cut unnecessary detail from your CV,” advises Jody. “The average recruiter will have a large quantity of applications to work through. If yours seems verbose or self-indulgent, you’ll go to the bottom of the pile.”

Of course, what counts as “unnecessary” detail changes over time. Including a breakdown of GCSE results which is important if you’re a school leaver, but if you’ve been working for a decade or more, it’s probably sufficient just to say how many you have, and within what grade range. Your more recent educational and professional experience will trump what you did when you were 15.

2. Tighten the layout

You probably like to think that recruiters will focus on what you write in a CV, rather than how it looks. But the harsh truth is that visual presentation has a real impact.

“If you’re a busy person with a stack of CVs to review, you’ll be put off by clunky layouts that make the information hard to decipher,” says Jody. “It’s always worth making sure your CV is as legible as possible.”

Common mistakes to avoid are cutting sentences in half over pages, misaligning columns so they’re hard to read, or being inconsistent in the use of italics or bold typeface. As a general rule, keep your formatting as simple as possible – that minimises the risk of mistakes creeping in.

3. Be honest

Remember when you first started out on the job hunt and had to big up your limited experience? When you said that your role as a lifeguard included retail experience, because you were responsible for refilling the chocolate machine?

Now’s the time to go over your CV and correct those half-truths. Because if there’s one thing a recruiter can spot a mile away, it’s needless hyperbole. And even if you’re a great candidate, it creates an impression of someone who’s trying too hard – never a good look when you’re going for a new job.

4. Update your summary statement

“The best CVs start with a statement that summarises a person’s strengths, experience and talents,” says Jody. “Naturally, this changes over time, and you may want to play up different attributes depending on the job you’re applying for.

“My advice is to review this statement each time you apply for a job, and perhaps keep a file of alternative versions somewhere on your computer. Then you can cut, paste and edit the one that seems most appropriate, helping you create maximum impact with your prospective employer.”

5. Enjoy your achievements

Reading your CV can be a curiously pleasurable experience. It’s a chance to remind yourself of your achievements and celebrate life’s successes. This can be a helpful way to build your confidence before applying for jobs. So, enjoy it, and remember to reference the highlights in an interview situation.

“A CV should be an honest appraisal of what you can offer a prospective employer,” says Jody. “But it is a sales tool, too. So, if you don’t finish reading it with a renewed feeling of pride and self-belief, you probably need to give it a bit more work.”

 

Published: 24 March 2021
© Just Recruitment Group Ltd 2021

If you are actively seeking for a new job search here
You may also like to read: What are the most common spelling mistakes on CVs?

Jobs currently available

New job
Transport Administrator
Sector: Transport, Logistics and Shipping
Location: Colchester
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 912317
About the role

Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting, a transport and logistics business, based on the outskirts of Colchester – that is looking to add a Transport Administrator to its existing team.

The key element of the role is to assist with the transport plan and ensure that the customer journey throughout the organisation is as smooth as possible, dealing with any issues as they arise and preparing all required documentation. You will be providing all admin support in a competent and confident manner.

Key duties include:

  • Carry out the data entry of information onto the relevant system, identifying and resolving any discrepancies
  • Prepare all documentation relating to the movement/transportation of goods in an accurate and efficient manner to deliver high customer service levels
  • Communicate effectively and in a timely manner to all relevant external and internal clients to maintain the key flow of information
  • Answer and direct queries promptly and in a professional manner providing accurate information to ensure excellent customer service is being delivered
  • Complete general administrative duties in an efficient and effective manner to deliver a world-class service
  • Maintain relevant system by accurately inputting the required data, in addition to checking and reconciling data where appropriate and identifying and resolving any discrepancies to ensure 100% accuracy
  • Update, produce and communicate all business KPI’s to monitor service delivery levels
  • Work as part of a team and participate in cross-training initiatives to provide effective cover in a colleague’s absence
  • Operate a high standard of general housekeeping and work in a safe manner complying with all health and safety regulations in order to maintain a clean, safe and tidy working environment

This is an excellent opportunity to join a business offering a competitive package, further training and development.

Free parking is available on site.

Due to the nature of the business - working hours are from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm - (some flexibility if offered).

Read more
New job
Sales Account Manager
Sector: Sales
Location: Colchester
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 912312
About the role

Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting a well-regarded and long-standing business based on the outskirts of Colchester – that is looking to recruit a sales-driven Sales Account Manager to its existing, successful team.

As an Account Manager, your dynamic role will be to generate and grow revenues across the company's commercial portfolio via digital, social media, audio, video sponsorships and printed magazines.

You will be a fundamental member of its well-supported, creative team and will have a crucial role in promoting the organisation, developing new accounts, growing existing relationships and delivering high-quality, targeted advertising solutions to a range of clients and agencies.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • To proactively represent the commercial proposition to clients and agencies with creative solutions and deliver revenue growth
  • Effectively manage a portfolio of clients and introduce new clients to the business
  • Create bespoke multi-channel proposals to meet clients' needs with a strong focus on digital solutions
  • Close and secure proposals with clients via phone, email and video calls
  • Help ensure campaigns are delivered correctly and on time with the help of the digital production department

About you:

  • Successful sales experience and preferably within media and publishing but not essential
  • Passion for digital media and creative thinking
  • Proven ability to work successfully both within a team and autonomously
  • Strong communicator - able to build appropriate rapport easily at all levels.
  • Engaging and open. Ability to bring relevant debate to the table
  • Motivated and driven to hit predefined targets
  • Great customer service/relation skills
  • The ability to manage and prioritise your workload and take ownership of all assigned tasks and deliver within set deadlines
  • Quick learner and adaptable
Read more
New job
Account Manager
Sector: Sales
Location: Witham
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 912107
About the role

Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting a well-established business based in Witham looking to add an Account Manager to its existing team.

You will be responsible for increasing revenue, profit and taking more market share of training and services provided to the end user.

Duties include:

  • Continue to build and maintain relationships with clients, key internal managers and external suppliers showing your ability to grow your individual account territories
  • Drive, maintain and grow your dedicated territories
  • Maintain and manage your allocated trainer's diary
  • Work towards and achieve company sales targets and KPIs
  • Plan and organise and implement outbound call schedule

Experience required:

  • Proven track record in an Account Manager role – preferably within the dental industry
  • Demonstrable experience in protecting and growing accounts to deliver against the target
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft computer packages including Word, Excel and Outlook

Other details for this role:

  • 3 days in the office and 2 working from home after training
  • No cold calling
  • Commission paid per quarter if targets are hit
Read more
Secretary
Sector: Public Service and Administration
Location: Sudbury
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 912310
About the role

Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting a well-established business based in Sudbury looking to add a Secretary to its existing team.

The role will be based in the Conveyancing Department and will involve assisting the lawyer, audio typing, preparing documents, answering the phone, dealing with enquiries and assisting clients.

Key responsibilities to include:

  • Audio typing
  • Preparing letters and drafting documents
  • Handling diaries and booking appointments
  • Answering the phone and dealing with queries
  • Witnessing documents
  • ID checks
  • General secretarial duties

For this position, you will have:

  • Experience in a secretarial position.
  • Experience within the law sector would be advantageous.
  • You will have audio typing experience and excellent typing skills.
  • You will need to have a good level of IT literacy.
  • Experience in Word is essential and Excel would be useful.
  • Pride in your work.

Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.30pm.

Read more
Multi Spindle Automatic Lathe Operator (Rotating shift)
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: Discussed on application
Location: Braintree, Essex
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 912307
About the role

Just Recruitment has an exciting opportunity for an individual to join a company’s Multi Spindle Automatic lathe(s) cell, running and setting various Multi Spindle Automatic lathes. These are CAM Autos, not CNC.

Hours of work:
4 day working week

Early shift:
Tuesday to Thursday, 06:00 to 16:30.

Friday 06:00 to 15:30.
39-hours.

Late shift:
Monday to Wednesday, 11:30 to 22:00.

Thursday, 11:30 to 21:00.
39-hours.

Scope:

Working as part of a small team responsible for the safe operation of multi-spindle automatic lathes in accordance with the tools list and work instructions.

Loading bars, setting and operating to meet the desired quantities, conducting in-process inspection, checking against drawings and specifications to ensure accurate production to the highest standards.

Skills:

  • Able to set and operate Multi Spindle Automatic lathes. (Non CNC).
  • Proficient in a range of measuring equipment and inspection techniques.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Ability to apply good practical skills.
  • Ability to follow written instructions.
  • Training will be provided to add and enhance skills as required.
  • Be self-motivated and able to work well in a team.
Read more