1. The Top of your CV
a. Have your name at the top of your CV, normally in the middle of the page in bold and bigger letters
b. Below your name, have your personal details at the top of your CV including:
i. Your personal home address – if you are based far from the target job then state willing to relocate etc if applicable
ii. Personal mobile number
iii. Personal e-mail address. Don’t use your work e-mail address and don’t have a silly e-mail address as makes you look unprofessional
iv. Hyperlink to your LinkedIn profile
2. Add your nationality or work visa status to your CV if you can work without restriction in the target country, as companies are very uncomfortable sponsoring visas
3. Have a personal statement at the top of your CV, below your contact details and before your work experience
a. This is the first thing a recruiter or hiring manager will read so make it good. Not too long so maybe 4-8 lines giving an overview of you as a person, motivations and work achievements. Make it interesting but have some good content that makes the reader want to read the rest of your CV.
b. I can’t remember the last time someone sent me a cover letter for a role so don’t waste your time, instead focus on the personal statement and e-mail content when sending your CV
c. When applying for a role directly with a client or through a recruiter, I would write an e-mail mini-sales pitch highlighting your headline skills for the role to make sure the recruiter or hiring manager actually reads your CV!