Many, many candidates are being held back due to a poorly constructed CV.
What is more bewildering, is that most often, these CVs come from candidates who are based in good jobs with some recognisable companies! These CVs should be impressive, desirable and eye catching; instead they can be short, uninformative and messy.
Candidates have one chance at grabbing the attention of their reader, be it a retailer or a recruitment agency. Unfortunately, a lot of job seekers think that experience speaks for itself, but in fact they could not be more wrong!
What Jewellery Stylist looks for:
- Firstly, Jewellery Stylist look for candidates that have a good jewellery, watch or luxury background.
- Secondly, they must have an informative CV; neatly laid out, detailing desirable key skills along with clear and concise career responsibilities and most importantly career achievements.
- CV’s need to be neat, no colourful, crazy fonts and no fancy layout.
- A professional, organised CV will give candidates a real head start in finding their perfect Jewellery Job!
Compact is key! On average employers spend just 8 seconds looking at a CV. An entire life history spanning page after page is an irrefutable way of heading towards the reject pile!
Keep it relevant! Figure out what key skills you possess that are relevant to the roles you are applying for and point them out! Never just assume we will know them!
We are good- but we are not psychic! If you have a specific skill, qualification or use of a specific software package, add them to your CV! If they are not on your CV the reader will assume that you do not possess what they are looking for and move on to a candidate who does! Seriously... This is one of the biggest oversights!
Check your grammar! CVs full of grammatical errors are extremely common. Use the spell-check tool, but remember that the best proof-reader is another set of eyes. Ensure that there are no spelling errors, poor word choice, or misuse of language. These mistakes are not acceptable as it gives the impression that your attention to detail is lacking and you are not careful with your work!
To abbreviate is plain lazy! Your CV is a professional document – a representation of the value you can bring to an organisation. Abbreviating November to Nov. and Customer to Cust. screams "I cut corners and cannot take the time, even for the purpose of this document, to take the time to write it professionally!"
Key CV requirements:
- Add your profile! This should be a paragraph at the top of your CV, stating why you are good at what you do along with your passion for your work.
- Ensure you highlight key skills and any jewellery/watch qualifications.
- Detail by your career history to include key responsibilities and achievements, accounting for any gaps in employment. It can also be helpful to add a brief description of the company.
- Usually a CV should be no more than two A4 pages.