When applying for a job and thinking about your CV and what to put in, or possibly leave out, its important to put yourself in the position of the employer reading your document. If you were in their position what would you be looking for? Would you hire yourself?

Planning is key. Take your time to think about how you want to present yourself. How are you going to stand out from the crowd and be an individual? Person specification is critical to understand from the job description. This tells you the criteria and expertise level that is required to do the job and your CV will be assessed against this.

All the employer knows about you is what is written down in front of them. So, make it count. Think about what they employer is really asking for. When they say they want someone ‘dynamic’ it means they are looking or someone able to handle a variety of ever-changing tasks; and when they say they want someone with ‘excellent customer service skills’ it means they are looking for someone who can handle pressure and make quick good decisions.

But It’s no longer enough to just have a great CV. Take the time to learn about the company, it’s competitors and current happenings.

Remember its about what you can do for your next employer. By taking your time and planning properly you make the job, or being called for an interview, that much easier.