How to sell yourself

Published
26 Nov 2018

26 Nov 2018

A great CV can clinch that all-important interview. Here’s how to get it 100% right,

Putting together a CV may seem like a daunting task - but don't let that put you off applying for a new job.

A CV gives you the chance to promote yourself and highlights your skills to potential employers.

Make sure that you tailor your CV to every job you apply for. The worst thing you can do is to send out generic CVs. If you make the effort to apply for the vacancies in the correct way then employers will appreciate this.

CV layout is important - think about the length of your CV, it should be no more than two pages long.

Think about how you want it to look

For the font, keep this nice and simple and consider using Times New Roman or Arial. Keep any colours to a minimum. Double check your CV for spelling and grammatical mistakes - first impressions really count!

Your CV should be a celebration of what you have done, use this as your sales pitch. Employers now rely on your CV to invite you in for interviews and you may only have a maximum of 15 seconds to make a good impression.

As well as your work history, remember to include everyday skills and tasks that you may take for granted – life skills are just as important as work skills

Sell yourself

Write a strong introduction - this is the first section employers read, so make sure you write about your relevant skills, achievements and work experience to suit the vacancy you are applying for - but try to avoid cliches like “I’m an enthusiastic individual who can work alone or as part of a team.”

Note the best of your achievements from events and clubs. Don’t simply put “running” if you’ve successfully completed a half-marathon! And don’t put down “reading” as an interest if you don’t ever do it.

Make sure your CV includes the words you believe will match the job you’re applying for.

Top social media tips

On average more than 60% of employers will screen your social media before hiring - think about it!

Make sure your security settings are private and only your friends and family can view your social media.

Think about what you post: once online, posts will always have a presence online.

It could be a good idea to have separate social media accounts – one for friends and family and one professional account for employers to search.