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Recruitment 05 Oct 2023

5 Tips for the Perfect CV

user-img David Ozi Borg
Man holding CV in hand whilst waiting for an interview in Malta
We know it and you know it, a good CV is vital to having success in the job market. But imagine having a perfect CV! Now this objectively isn’t REALLY possible, as employers have different tastes and are looking for different things, but we’ve put together 5 tips that you should be doing to make sure your CV game is as strong as it can be.

1.Choose Your Words Carefully


Although it may be hard to hear it, being a team player isn’t going to impress your employer. At least, if you decide to write it as one of your key skills. Employers have been overloaded with passionate, hardworking team players for decades and these tired adjectives really should be avoided. You want to stand out from the crowd, not fall in line with everyone else. We suggest getting out the old thesaurus and finding a few descriptive words that you can apply to yourself, as well as a scenario where you’ve used this skill, as you need to make sure your employer believes you.

2. Don’t Include a Photo


Your CV should focus on your skills and experience, offering a photo of your self on your CV draws the attention away from you as a candidate, instead you will be evaluated on how you look, not your achievements. This isn’t always the case, we are sure some employers are very interested in the colour of your tie or what top you are wearing, but we think it is best to save your looks for the interview, which is more likely to happen if you don’t have a photo on your CV.


3. Include Interesting Hobbies


Remember, your life is more than your work! Of course lay out your CV in a fashion that shows off your professional abilities, but having some interests and hobbies sprinkled in helps to tell your employer what makes you tick. This is a way to prove your fit in the culture of the company as well, so try include a team-based hobby as this highlights your teamwork abilities, without falling into the trap we spoke on in Step 1. We also recommend a hobby that indicates some dedication, like a musical instrument, as this allows the employer to see your capacity for resilience. This is a great way to showcase your personality outside of work, and can pave conversational topic into what you value. Keep this short and honest, this is a great way to forge relatability between yourself and your team.


4. Don’t Waffle!


You only have two pages maximum to show yourself off, so you have to be as efficient as possible. The easiest way to do this is to structure the layout of your CV, as this reduces the chance of you waffling on about how you were the captain of your school sports team. We recommend splitting your CV into a professional summary, work experience, skills, education, additional information and references. If you fill out your CV in this structure you will cover all the main aspects your employer will be looking for and once it is in this structure it becomes much trickier to waffle!

5. Tailor Your CV for Every Application


Of course, your CV should already be tailored to the field you are applying to work in, or at least we would hope so, but we think tweaking the contents of your CV, whether it be your skills or what experiences you have or even your summary, can streamline your CV so that it caters to the needs of the job you are applying for. By doing this you can maximise your employability to the company, which is the ultimate goal in crafting the ‘perfect’ CV. We know it may seem dull, but we recommend doing this for every job you apply for.


We hope these tips have helped you and if we could leave you some final advice, don’t give up! Sometimes even with your now perfect CV you won’t get the job, be persistent and you’ll reap the rewards!

David Ozi Borg

Co-Founder & COO BigWig Headhunters

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