“Your CV is the window into your world of experience for any job application. It is your primary selling tool to an employer, and one you can’t afford to get wrong” says our Director of Business Development, James Turner.
In this week’s blog, we dive in with James to discuss the do’s and don’ts of CV structure to make sure that your first impression is a strong one!
Do – Think about the length of your CV.
We recommend a CV length of 2-5 pages. Anything less than that means it’s unlikely you’ll have given us enough information. Anything more, and you aren’t being concise enough.
Don’t – Have inconsistent formatting
There’s no need for different types and sizes of font throughout your CV. Pick one or two accentuating fonts and a standard one for the body of your text. I recommend Bolded Arial size 12 for accentuating and size 12 Regular Times New Roman for the main text. Subtle differences can be effective, and consistency really helps accentuate your most important points.
Do – Ensure that no dates of employment are missing
If a CV is logical, then it’s understandable. Putting things in chronological order goes a long way, but missing dates can raise some red flags.
Don’t – Miss out summary and overviews on experience
In our experience, the average vacancy receives 8-15 applications. This means that agencies and employers alike sometimes need to look for any reason to differentiate one from the other. A cogent summary is one of the best ways to do this because it not only shows your skill to be concise, but it also clearly communicates your most important experience that can be quite helpful.
Do – Check for poor grammar and spelling
Poor grammar or spelling is an easy way for us to filter out applicants. This is meant to be your best representation of yourself, so we expect it to be 100%. If English isn’t your first language, it’s well worth your time to have somebody else look it over before you submit it.
Don’t – Put inaccurate information in the CV
The SAP community is smaller than you might think. We’ve received false references or inaccurate project durations that we knew were untrue. False information can make you look bad, so it’s best to stick to the truth. Remember, your CV should be an honest reflection of you, not somebody else.
Do – Job position content is either too detailed or too high-level
This relates back to the length of your CV. If you tell us about your role in two sentences, you probably haven’t given enough information. Likewise, if you’ve listed every output you achieved in 20-50 bullet points, then you’ve probably gone too detailed. Additionally, if you list your outcomes in multiple bullet points, you can sometimes fail to contextually frame the precise nature of the role.
Taking a little time out to ensure that the structure of your CV fits these points is invaluable, remember, the CV is the first foot in the door to getting that dream job.
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