Tips for a post-redundancy CV

1. Keep it concise 

Usually a CV should be no more than two to three sides of A4 paper. Recruiters will spend an average of just 8 seconds reviewing a CV, so keep it punchy, to the point, and save the details for the interview.

2. Tailor it

Don't panic and start applying for anything and everything because you've lost your job. Take the opportunity to reassess your goals and to consider what you really want from your career. Then, adapt your CV for each application you make. Research the company and use the job ad to tailor your cv.

3. Include a personal statement 

Use a brief personal sttatement to tie your work history to the specific company and role. This is especially important if you've decided to take your career in a new direction.

4. Don't leave gaps

Gaps make recruiters suspicious, so if you've been out of work due to redundancy, be honest about it. It's not something to be embarrassed about or try to hide: you can be sure the people looking over your work history will have faced redundancy themselves or know someone who has. Put the end date of your last job and include a brief statement saying you were made redundant: no apologies, no excuses.

5. Ensure it's mistake-free 

One of the easiest ways to weed out weaker CVs is to scan them for mistakes. Always use a spellchecker and ask someone else to proof your work. Then read it again to be sure.

6. Tell the truth

Lying on your CV is always a bad idea. Prospective employers will check the facts and even if they don't, it's likely you'll get caught out at the interview stage instead.

7. Make it look good

Spend time formatting your CV. Use bullet points and keep sentences short. Leave plenty of white space (around text and between categories) to make sure the layout is easy on the eye.

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Posted: Sunday 9 September 2018