How to make the most of limited space on your CV

Whilst having a lengthy CV with all your skills, experiences and hobbies might seem necessary to ensure an employer knows all the best things about you, in reality, this can put people off your CV. With so many to go through, managers like CVs that they can read easily as lengthy ones won’t maintain their attention.

Quite often, one way of improving your CV is to condense it to two pages at most. This often leaves lots of people asking how to write a CV as it seems like there is so much important information to include.

To help you out, DYWAJ have some excellent CV writing tips if you’re struggling to know how to make the most of the limited space on your CV.

Get rid of your experience from years ago If you’re applying for a job that you’ve picked up the skills for in your recent roles, you can get rid of the part time work you carried out at college. While that’s valuable when you’re first applying for a job, an employer wants to know why you can do the job in question based on your relevant experience.

Check your formatting

Sometimes, valuable space is taken up simply because the template you’ve chosen for your CV doesn’t leave much room for actual text. Check your CV doesn’t have a big margin that takes up a lot of space, or that your name and contact details aren’t so big that they’re taking room that could be used for a couple of extra sentences.

You don’t need to list references

Even if you know who your references would be if you were asked, don’t waste space listing their details on your CV. Simply stating “references available on request” tells the hiring manager that you have them there should they ask.

Avoid vague descriptions

Employers want to know exactly what you have done in your job role and how that helped the team that you work in. For example, state why and how you “worked well in a team” without wasting space on phrases that don’t give enough detail. Instead, be direct and concise.

Once it’s perfected, upload your CV to our CV directory!

Writing a CV for your first job

You’ve earned your relevant qualifications or carried out the work experience needed to get a feel for the world you want to work in. However, when you’re young, writing your CV can be a daunting prospect. A lot of people feel they don’t have enough valuable information, skills or experience to include on their CV, especially when applying for their first ‘proper’ job.

Yet there are a lot of skills that you might have picked up along the way that you hadn’t even thought would be relevant to the job you are applying for, but worded correctly, they can be!

A lot of people end up feeling despondent during their job search if the only previous work experience they have is something part time that doesn’t quite fit the job requirements. Most people first try their hand at leadership in sports teams or other hobbies and it’s easy to think an employer doesn’t really care about this, but this is actually what can make your CV stand out.

To put a lot of minds at ease, we’ve come up with some fantastic CV writing tips for when it comes to applying for your first job:

Make the most of any work experience you do have

Even if the work experience you have carried out was unpaid and only for a couple of weeks, it’s still valuable! Make the most out of what you did by writing a list of your tasks there and how you helped the rest of the team (we know that sometimes work experience isn’t necessarily the busiest time of your life, but point out anything you did do and go into as much detail as possible about it).

Highlight transferable skills you learnt in other jobs

If you’re applying for an entry level role in your chosen field and all your previous work experience is in a shop or restaurant, it still counts! Highlight all the transferable skills you gained so whoever is reading your CV knows you’ve got the right skills for another role, for example, being organised, working well in a team and being a clear communicator will be valued by any employer.

Think outside the box

So you might not have been able to fit in any work experience while you were at college or university or until now you’ve committed yourself to other skills, such as sports or playing an instrument. When writing a CV for your first job, this is also valuable information. Think about how being in a team playing sports has impacted your work ethic and personality, or how learning a new skill or language shows your capacity to concentrate and your good commitment levels. For example, if you’re the captain of a team, you’ve got leadership skills!

Now you’ve got some tips for your CV, upload it to our CV directory and wait for an interview!

DYWAJ’S top tips before sending off a CV

Improving your CV can be done in a number of ways and it’s often small improvements that need to be made to increase your chances of getting an interview. When it comes to simple CV mistakes, there are unfortunately a lot of them. But don’t panic, the most frustrating CV mistakes are often ones that can be tackled quickly with a bit of proof reading.

With so many people applying for one job, recruiters are short on time. If the person doing the hiring comes across a CV that’s got a spelling mistake in the first few sentences, they might be put off reading any more about you completely. Similarly, if a CV looks messy or poorly laid out, it’s likely the hiring manager will move on to the next CV that’s easier to read.

If you’re wondering how to improve your CV, DYWAJ has created three quick solutions for you to use in order to secure interviews and the possibility of a new job role. They are as follows:cv

Proof read and then proof again!

Even if this means getting someone else to look over your CV, it’s essential that what you’re uploading is typo free. Unfortunately, spelling mistakes and typos can make it look as though you haven’t taken much time applying for the job and they make it very easy for the recruiter to decide your CV is a no, especially if plenty of others are accurate. A good way to proof read is to print out your CV and pay close attention to exactly what you’ve written, don’t just type something up and then upload it hoping for the best.

Check your dates

It’s easily done, especially when trying to remember what you did a couple of years ago and during what month. But ensuring your dates all add up and there’s no crossover or big unexplained gaps avoids the interviewer asking you to clarify your CV when you could be answering more important questions. Common mistakes like this might also give off the impression that you aren’t careful or organised, characteristics the recruiter is probably looking out for.

Is it clear

Perhaps the content of your CV is perfect and doesn’t need any changes at all, but the layout could be better. If you’ve used a table format for one page and the next page is all out of sync, think about how the information could be better organised. Long paragraphs will be off-putting but breaking it up into bullet points will help the recruiter find out what they need to know.

If you’re looking for a job, upload your CV to our CV directory today!

Are you in need of tip-top interview advice? Look no further

By now you probably know that an interview is a two-way street; the employer wants to know everything about you and the way you work and vice versa. So, let’s put the interview process into perspective, shall we?

You’ve just completed a large chunk of your interview, you’re flying through and there’s no doubt that you’ve smashed it! You’ve answered all of the difficult interview questions, as well as relaying your answers back to the job description – perfect! All that’s left is to keep up the positive momentum for the rest of the interview. One area that people often feel nervous about is the end…

It’s now time for you to ask the recruiter some questions!

Having a well-prepared list of questions at hand eliminates any worries that you will end the interview with nothing to say. It’s pivotal for a positive outcome as it ensures you look interested and have thought about the job you’re applying for.

Asking the recruiter questions shows that you are enthusiastic and raring for the job, whereas not having any questions can make you appear less interested in the role than others who are being interviewed.

DYWAJ suggest that you come up with at least four to five varied questions so that if some of them are answered earlier in the interview, then you have backups at the ready.

Avoid questions that focus on aspects of the job like salary, working hours and holiday allowance as this can be saved for when you are offered the job. Not only that, but most of this information should have already been covered in the job description.

Likewise, interview questions to avoid would be any that only require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer, as you will find that this is likely to be on company’s website.

With all this in mind, why not read DYWAJ’s interview question advice to gain some inspiration?

· What would you say are the best methods of impressing you in the first months of working here?

· Are there any opportunities to progress within the role and the company?

· What are your future aspirations for the company/where is the company headed in the next 5 years?

· Can you give more insight into the day-to-day responsibilities for the role?

So, now you’ve had your brief, get out there and put it to practice!

Following our interview advice, it is now time to upload your CV to our CV directory today to get the ball rolling.