A least once a year, it’s a good idea to look at what you’ve got on paper, figure out what to keep, what to remove, and what to accentuate. Once that’s done you have a clean space to add new, relevant information to bring your cv right up to date. The ‘CV Spring Clean’ is worth doing, it means you’re always ready if and when the dream event staffing job turns up.
Our 5 simple steps will make cleaning up your hospitality CV a breeze.
Get started by ditching the ‘out of date’ from your resume. You only need to show the past 10 years of your career and only the experience relevant to the position you’re applying for. Clear out the skills and certifications that are no longer relevant. If you’re focused on a career in events, eliminate that dog grooming certification. If there is anything that has expired or is out of date, now is the time to remove it.
Make sure every piece of information you’ve included demonstrates your value to your target employer. Don’t make the reader trudge through ancient history and irrelevant information. They will give up and move on to the next CV.
‘You can still be proud of that award you won or the club you started in college, but don’t let it clutter up the page and prevent readers from seeing your strongest selling points today’
Now is a good time to take a look at what is left in front of you. Think about all the work you have done and the results you have accomplished. Think about measurements. An increase in quality, efficiency, or customer satisfaction would be a highlight worth adding. By how much did you increase cash flow? What exactly were the savings you made? Add your latest achievements; blow your own trumpet!
Did you know that it only takes recruiters six seconds to decide whether they want to look further into a CV?
Tidy up the information you have on your CV. Remember this is a summary of your career, not an autobiography! Be sure to keep your contact details to your name, phone number, email address, home address and a link to your LinkedIn profile. Using a decipherable font is a must, and a clearly set out CV will work so much harder for you ; use a template if you are unsure. If you’ve got an epic personal profile, full of career goals and skills, try to rewrite it. Try personalising it for the role you are going for to make it reader friendly and more relevant.
Nobody has the time to read through 20 pages of CV hell. Your CV should be a maximum of two pages. Keep sentences short, use bullet points for important details and adjust it to make it an easy and quick read. Don’t be afraid to save all the finer details for your cover letter or your interview.
First impressions are seriously important. Don’t let your CV hit someone’s inbox as ‘Untitled doc’ or just ‘Event CV’; rename it professionally, alternatively rename it ‘Peter Wilson, CV’ or ‘Peter Wilson 2018 CV’. This is a great way to make your CV instantly look more professional. You want them to know who you are from the outset don’t you?
We use CV’s to get potential employers attention. Make it easy for people to see who you are and what you are great at.