I have seen lots of c.v.’s in my time working with professional women and most have a great deal of experience they can feature. However, one of the biggest killers of a good c.v. not lack of experience – it is plain sloppiness. I am amazed how many times I have seen c.v’s that look like they haven’t had a second pair of eyes on them or include daft contact e-mail addresses like email@example.com I know one I.T. recruiter who bins any c.v. coming in that has ridiculous e-mail addresses. Another piece of advice would be to avoid contact e-mails that may give away the fact that you are returning to the market after a long hiatus – like firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want your own job, for goodness sake, get your own e-mail address!
A few tips that I use with my own clients are:
- Use spell check AND a second set of eyes
- Avoid cutesy/ridiculous e-mail addresses
- Use present tense for current role/ past for previous roles
- Use short sentences that begin with an action verb … "Managed, Decreased, Led, Saved"
- Quantify achievements… how much money did your project make or save the company?
- Avoid putting your salary or photo on the c.v.
- Create individual c.v’s tailored to each job application highlighting relevant experience.