CV Tips

In most cases, your CV will be the first impression you make on a potential employer. As such, it is worth spending the time to ensure that your CV properly and clearly highlights your skills and experience, as well as avoiding common errors which can adversely impact your chances of securing an interview. Here are some CV tips in the UAE:

STEP 1 - THINK LIKE AN EMPLOYER

The first and most important step is to consider the perspective of the potential employer who will be reading your CV. Your aim is not to create a work of art or a literary opus, but to ensure that the CV is clear, concise and effective. You have a limited amount of time to capture a decision maker's attention and should therefore endeavour to keep your CV as short and focused as possible. We would suggest one or two pages; three as a maximum. It is advisable to include a brief summary section early in your CV that clearly presents your key skills and achievements to an employer.

Once you've written your CV it's important to ask yourself these three key questions:

  1. When an employer scans my CV, will they think "This CV looks interesting"?
    Employers have to sort and reduce a pile of CVs to shortlists of two or three people. They will respond better to a clear, well laid-out CV than a long, disorganised one.
  2. When an employer reads my CV fully, will they think "This person has skills we need"?
    Employers are looking for someone who matches the job description. Adjust and target your CV to highlight things that fit the job you are applying for.
  3. When an employer is shortlisting CVs will they think "This person is worth meeting"?
    Employers are thinking about what you can offer them. Give people a sense of who you are and what you do best

STEP 2 - REMEMBER THE ESSENTIALS

There are certain categories of information that are essential to include on your CV: education, qualifications, training and employment history are the obvious categories. However, it is surprising how many people fail to provide detailed contact information on their CVs. Make sure that you provide a permanent email address, your date of birth, your driving licence categories that you hold

Include referee contact details: Most New Zealand employers will ask for two referees who they can contact to ask about your work. Make sure that the contact details for your referees are current, and check this by contacting them yourself. Tell them about your plans and ask them to read your CV – you may get some good advice from them.

Some New Zealand employers prefer you to have New Zealand work experience. If you are having trouble finding work, consider taking an entry-level job or doing voluntary work. This can also be a source of referees

In this region it is common for CVs to include a photo and this is largely a matter of personal preference. If you do decide to include a photo, it should be highly professional in appearance. Again, always consider the reaction of a potential employer.

If you are an automotive professional always make sure to mention the dealerships, brands, models, the tools you worked on this very essential

STEP 3 - KEEP IT SIMPLE

It can be very tempting with Microsoft Word to indulge in extravagant experimentation with your font and formatting. We would strongly advise against such innovations as Word Art and Sparkle Text on your CV. Try to avoid using tables and use bold, italic and underlined type sparingly and for key emphasis only. Brightly coloured text is not recommended on a CV, nor is utilising too many different fonts. This is an important aspect, and one of the recommended CV tips in New Zealand.

STEP 4 - REMEMBER YOUR KEY WORDS

Key words are important for two reasons: firstly, an employer will often look for certain terms on a CV; secondly, CVs are increasingly found using key word searches on databases. What constitutes a key word will vary according to your industry specialisation and job role. For example, if you are an Automotive Technician with knowledge and experience of traditional mechanical components, such as engines, transmissions, and drive belts these are key words that should be included in your CV. Try to consider how your CV might be found using key words.

STEP 5 - CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK

Spelling and grammatical errors in your CV can have a very negative impact on potential employers. As well as running a spell check, have a friend or relative proof read your CV for you. A fresh pair of eyes will often identify mistakes that you have missed. Finally, print your CV and go back to step 1: review your CV as if you were a potential employer to ensure that it is an effective marketing tool.