There are a number of ways in which you might get told what content and how it should be presented within your cv.
To my left I have a job spec with details of what the client is looking for, mainly focused on skills and qualifications etc, to my right is a pile of cv’s and my shortlisting process will be focusing on transferable skills.
When im looking through cv’s my eye needs to be caught on the first page and then if I want to know more about qualifications or something specific I will turn to the second page.
So what will catch my eye?...
Transferable skills that the client has told me they are looking for. Here are my pointers for putting a cv together and hopefully catching the eye of the viewer!
Plain font, bold font to divide areas, short paragraphs, not an essay where the viewer has to really hunt for the transferable skills. Give employment history some space so it stands out.
It might be difficult if you have a number of years employment history, but two pages will do and if the viewer wants to know more, an interview is the next step!
This may sound unusual to mention this but I see a lot of cv’s and in some instances they don’t include any contact information. Name, address, phone numbers, and email address, (keep email addresses simple and not cute, example; firstname.lastname@example.org), as it can create an impression.
In order for the viewer to find those transferable skills they ideally need to be on the first page, employment history should read from current to last with dates included, should you have any gaps between employment you might want to include a reason, travel, sickness, sabbatical etc. As the older employment history progresses onto the second page you can then follow with education, computer skills, hobbies and interests etc. The only instance where I might include qualifications on the first page would be if you have a specific industry qualification such as AAT, CIMA, RICS, RIBA etc
In the first instance I would tend not to include full details of referees within your cv, should the interview progresses then the interested party would tend to request references if they felt the need to obtain them.
From an interviewers perspective it is good to get a feel about the person you are interviewing and by including this information it can give a brief insight about you. However refrain from including unusual hobbies.