Faced with an inbox full of CVs to go through and select a short list from, both recruiters and hiring managers will spend on average just 30 seconds or less to look at each applicant’s CV. So, it is imperative that you make a great first impression and that your CV stands out for the right reasons!
So, it is certainly worth putting the time & effort in to ensure you have a well written & presented CV. This will clearly give you a significant advantage over other applicants and maximise your chances of being invited to an interview.
At SDW, we specialise in recruiting for shipping & freight forwarding, transport & logistics and supply chain roles, and although these are very much linked, the roles can be very different, so we have supplied a different CV Template for each.
Plus here are a few tips to help you on your way to creating that perfect CV.
- Ensure that all the text is in the same font and size. Plus, ensure the headings, company names, schools etc… are in bold. We recommend Arial 12
- Start with your name, address, mobile number and email address
- Include a personal profile – Use this to provide a summary of the type of person you are, your experience, career ambitions & the type of role you are looking for. This is where you need to get the attention of the reader & fast!
- List your employment history – Make sure you state the most recent / present role first. Ensure your job title, employers name and dates of employment are clear. Under each job you should write your responsibilities & achievements – be succinct, and in most cases, we would recommend using bullet points
- Include all temporary work (be sure to state if it was temporary). If you were unemployed for any period of time ensure that this is included so that there are no gaps in the dates, where possible state what you were doing at this time, travelling, job seeking etc
- List your education, again most recent first – include qualifications gained
- Proof read you CV and make sure you spell & grammar check it! Spelling errors are spotted easily when reading your CV and will not come across well to a potential employer
- It can be useful to have someone read over your CV before you send it, to be an additional proof reader and to see how it comes across to an outsider
- Avoid putting photographs on your CV, it is not necessary for roles within the logistics industry– especially one that was taken at 11:30pm on a Friday night down your local pub!
- There is also no need to include references on your CV at application stage. An employer will soon ask you for referees, if these are required
Happy CV writing, and if you would like us to cast our professional eye over your CV, and provide you with a FREE report & a copy of our CV templates in MS Word format, please click here.