Employers often don’t have time to go through different applications/CV. Thus they do a quick scan to find what they looking for. A good layout will easily show the employers the relevant sections they are looking for. Also a good layout could show the employers some important areas in your CV that otherwise they would not notice. Be consistent with your layout. Use one font type and one font size. Use bullet points and keep sentences short and make the layout easy on the eye.
2. Making the most of skills
I remember on one occasion when I was applying for a job, somebody told me to place my skills on top of my CV. Guess what? I received a call few days later.
3. Making the most of experience
List any experience you have, whether it was obtained from a past work position or a voluntary work. Every little helps. Employers complains for lack of experienced applicants.
4. Stick to no more than two pages of A4
That a rule of thumb to me. I always stick with that. As I said, employers don’t often have time.
5. Keep it current
List everything you did up to now. Keep your CV updated regularly. The employers always focus on your last job, work or course you did. They always prefer to recruit someone who can start the work straight away without any training required.
6. Make it keyword friendly
Make use of common job related keywords. Have a look at all various job descriptions for your field of expertise and get a sense of what employers need. Extract the keywords that are consistently mentioned and that are within your experience.
7. Not too specific or too generic
Make room for questions in the interviews and do not make it too generic otherwise you will not stand out from the crowd. Mentioning some little details will make your CV genuine and employers may ask you to come for interview to ask you more questions about the details you mentioned in your CV.
Make it simple and concise as it will help to fit your information within the space limits. Use third person expression if possible. Use positive action words to e.g. 'Initiated this, created that”, help reinforce the message that you are 'can-do' type of candidate. Make sure that there is no spelling or grammar mistakes.
Include your academic/professional achievements to distinguish yourself from other candidates. Bachelor, Masters, Chartered, Doctorate, awards ...etc.
10. Don't leave gaps
Make sure that your education and work experience follow each other. If you did have a gap, don’t make it obvious. Fill it with something useful you did, voluntary work for example. Leaving obvious gaps on your CV immediately makes employers suspicious.