Your CV is meant to give a potential employers a quick overview of your background and capabilities. As such, it’s crucial to ensure that this two-page document leaves a lasting impression. Will your CV land you your dream job?
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) summaries your qualifications and past experience so that an employer can tell whether or not you’ll be a good fit for the company and the position in question. In some cases, the only way you will stand a chance of meeting a potential employer is if your CV is excellent.
Before you send it off as part of your application, have a last look over your CV. Small errors or glaring mistakes will be a major turn-off for recruiters and potential employers. Follow these five important steps:
Step 1: Look at it objectively
Your CV is your first impression on a potential employer – are you happy with how it is portraying you? Re-read the document with an open but critical mind. It could be your one and only chance to make an excellent first impression on your reader.
Step 2: Check your spelling
It goes without saying that you should use spell check to ensure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors on your CV but don’t make the mistake of accepting all the suggested changes without reviewing them carefully. Spellcheckers can occasionally suggest changes that will alter the meaning of the sentence so be careful to avoid these blunders.
Step 3: Check again
Unfortunately, spellcheck also doesn’t pick up all errors, especially those of grammar or syntax. Proofread the document again or get a friend to read over it with a fresh perspective. This will help to ensure that all potential mistakes are detected and eliminated.
Step 4: Review the Layout
The way the content is presented is just as important as the content itself. As a general rule, use Arial font size 12 and separate each section with a double line break. Your CV should look professional so avoid having too much white space or cramming all the information into a few lines. It should be clean, easy to read and uncluttered.
Step 5: Ask a Professional
iFacts offers an exclusive service for job seekers to ensure that you stand out from the crowd. All you need to do is submit your CV together with all associated Qualifications and References for an Independent Verification. If you meet all of the required checks and balances, you’ll be issued with the iFacts Passport to Employement which will include a certificate of CV Verification to confirm that you meet all of the requirements of the checking process and that your CV is factually correct, valid and authentic. This will help to create a positive impression on potential employers as they can see that you’ve taken the necessary steps to prove the credibility and validity of the information you submit.
In addition to the verification certificate you can do any of the iFacts assessments which can be added to the CV to increase your chances of your CV being more valuable than other candidates. The assessments available to you are:
- Integrity Tests
- Detailed Credit Check
- Independent Verification of your identity via the Department of Home Affairs
- A criminal record check
- Detailed Behavioural Assessment
Ensure that your CV doesn’t stand between you and your dream job when you next enter the market. Follow these five steps and contact iFacts on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Monique on 011 453 1587.