It’s absolutely vital to ensure your CV is looking tip top when searching for new job opportunities – your CV is your passport into the ideal company that you would love to work for!
Below are a few tips to prevent making common mistakes:
Start with your name – and don’t point out the obvious by starting with ‘CV’
When you apply for a job with your CV – the recruiter is already aware that it’s your resume in front of them. So there is not much point in putting the words Curriculum Vitae at the top. You want the employer to notice and remember your name – so ensure that’s the first thing they see when reviewing your CV.
Keep your CV relevant
When writing your CV try to prevent including every job role you have ever been in previously, in the work experience section, and avoid including any career gaps you may have had – as the employer is only interested in your last 3-5 years of employment (depending on the length of your time at the company) and it won’t sell you very well if you have had time out of employment.
Only showcase your key skills/experience/qualifications that you have achieved recently – that are most suitable for the job you are applying for.
Stick with a ‘clean’ email address…
Do you honestly think that firstname.lastname@example.org looks professional to a potential employer?
If you are on the lookout for a new job opportunity and you know that you are going to be applying for jobs using an online job board – create a new and professional email address to register and apply for jobs with – and maybe update your social media account email addresses too…
Be sure to keep your personal social media accounts clean such as your Twitter and Facebook profiles – as prospective employers may search for you using your email address and may want to investigate your social media profiles before inviting you for interview… You could blow your chances altogether if you’re not careful.
Keep your CV plain and avoid fancy formatting
You may think bolds, italics, underlines and other fancy formatting makes your CV stand out from other job applicants CV’s – but in the agriculture industry, typically employers like to see a clean formatted CV – try and stick with standard fonts such as Arial or Verdana.
Check your spelling
If you are a Farm Manager, Arable Operator, Tractor Driver or Herdsman looking for a new job – punctuation and spelling may not be required in your every day job role. However, you only get once chance to make a great first impression so be sure to spell check your CV before sending it out to a potential employer or before you upload it to an online job board’s CV database. It doesn’t look professional and it can make you look as though you lack attention to detail - use spellcheck on your computer, proof read it yourself a few times and also ask friends and family to take a look at it too – just to be certain there are no spelling errors hidden in your CV.
Length and size matters
Two pages should be your limit when it comes to writing your CV – if your resume is any longer than two pages then you could send the employer to sleep. There’s no need to note down every single qualification, achievements and skill that you’ve accomplished – just keep it simple and stick to the most suitable information for the job vacancy you are applying for.
Write a covering letter that is suitable for the job you are applying for
A suitable covering letter can make all the difference when applying to a job! Instead of sending a generic covering letter with your CV – tailor it specifically to the job vacancy you want to apply for. Summarise your CV briefly and state why you think you are the most suitable candidate for the role. This should then encourage the employer to review your CV and it’s your chance to make your CV stand out from the other applicants’ CV’s too.
If you are a farm worker and you need some help and support writing your CV – feel free to give us a call today and one of the team will be happy to help you – 01905 930 037!
Have a great week,
From the Agricultural and Farming Jobs Team!