8th December 2015
Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Leon has been in the UK since the year 2000. …
As an international recruitment consultant, I have seen thousands of CVs from all over the world. The first thing I do is spend 5 or 6 seconds scanning and in that time I instantly know when I’m looking at a good CV. Why?
It’s a competitive world out there so make it clear, concise and powerful!
TIPS: Look at your CV from the point of view of a company – Is it easy to read? Do your listed skills represent and include your experience? Is the info in the correct order? Are the titles clear with dates that tie in? Will the reader get a feeling for what you are about, what you’re looking for and what you have to offer?!
Buzz words (no matter how obvious) look great i.e. ADCs, DACs, CMOS, 28nm, Cadence tools, SMPS.
Include relevant, accurate terms – Our advanced software searches within a CV to find exact skills i.e. ADCs, SMPS, Power etc. Having terms in your CV increases ‘hits’ this brings your CV to the top and we can keep you informed of the most relevant opportunities.
I have heard so many different opinions from candidates about the length of the CV. Usually their impression of the correct length has been given to them by friends and colleagues, or (in most cases) inexperienced recruitment consultants.
A CV does not have to be 1 or 2 pages. It’s simple…
Follow my step by step guide to writing the perfect CV below:
Name and contact details – these go at the top
Opening profile – the best CVs have an opening profile/summary section
Work experience – my favourite section and often the most relevant.
Tips: Stating ‘2010 – present’ rather than ‘2010-2015’ on your most recent role means your CV will be up to date for longer!
If your job title does not reflect the job you are doing or reflect the job you are applying for then you can be more descriptive i.e. Analog IC Design Engineer is a lot more relevant than Design Engineer.
Skills or Technical Summary
Other sections listed at the end include;
I hope you found this interesting and helpful, you can contact me on +44 (0)208 400 2483 at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or career advice.
Good luck with creating that perfect CV!
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