CV Writing Tips During COVID-19

CV Writing Tips During COVID-19

With most of us stuck inside due to the coronavirus, it is easy to become negative and place your goals and ambitions on hold. It is hard to stay motivation, to stay driven and disciplined – especially when you are unaware of what the future may bring.

During uncertain times such as these, discipline is essential to keep you on the right track. So, if you are currently job seeking… why not use this time to revisit your CV and when I say that, I mean really revisit your CV.

I do understand that being a job seeker right now is not ideal (to put it mildly) and that the recruitment industry as a whole is facing difficult times, with many job seekers receiving slow responses to job post or In some occasions no reply. However, try not to let this deter you from constantly striving for your goals. Because now more than ever, perseverance is KEY.

Below I have outlined a few tips on what you could be doing during this pandemic to put yourself in the best possible situation.

1. Annotate your CV – Get the basics right

Right now, you have the time to really go through your CV, line by line – word by word. Use this time to identify spelling and / or grammatical errors in your CV.

Spend time identifying areas which you think could be a little more concise, and areas in which you feel as though you should expand more.

  • Highlight your use of bullet points and ensure that each point is important – a bullet point on a CV should be used to summarise a skill or some key experience to keep the person reading your CV interested enough to carry on reading.  So, it is imperative that you do not overuse bullet points as this could have a negative effect – prohibiting hiring managers from being able to identify the key points that you want to make quickly.
  • All good CV’s should detail your employment history clearly, indicating where you were employed, the dates of your employment and your job title.

In addition, you should provide a brief summary of your roles and responsibilities for each job listed on your CV. Specifying anything which you believe may strengthened your experience.

Focus on anything that could make you application stand out; you may also want to include 1 or 2 examples of where your contribution to a task greatly benefited your previous employer.

  • A short introduction – whilst an introduction is not necessary for a CV it is an added benefit. The extra time you take to summaries your job interest and ambitions is appreciated by recruiters and hiring managers. This is because it will help to put your experience into context, you should use your introduction to state what drives you, where you see yourself in your career in the next 5 years and how your past experience will help you get there. Keep your introduction brief and strong – it should indicate to employers that you are a serious candidate looking for growth and progression.

2. How to stand out

  • Demonstrate your passion – one great way to do this is through social media. In this digital age, more and more applicants are making great use of their social media profiles or creating blogs related to their careers.

An example of this can be a chef who has created a you tube channel to help others create and plate beautiful dishes. This allow the chef to show of his abilities and the fact that this activity is done outside of work is a great indication that the chef has a real passion for cooking.

Now if you intend to include your social media in your CV its important that your social profile is professional, so it may be worth having a personal and professional profile. The best way to incorporate social media content in your CV is not through pictures, but instead include links to your profile at the end of your CV with a brief statement encouraging recruiters and hiring managers to have a look at your profiles to see your other interests and passions.

  • CV layout – The layout of your CV should be clear and clean, allowing its reader to pinpoint all the important information you have included.

Your CV is essentially a marketing tool, it is a tool that allows you to market yourself to employers and recruiters & believe me first impressions matter!

Having a good layout to your CV is an easy way to show that you are professional and that you are a serious applicant.