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TDM's Top 10 CV Tips

26/04/17
Posted by: Christopher Ruddick

The Residential Property Job market is a competitive environment, irrespective of property sector. Our team of experienced consultants have helped compile a list of the Top 10 CV Tips for use when creating and editing your Curriculum Vitae (CV) for when you are applying for your next property job.

Most importantly remember your CV is the first touch point for any property recruiter or potential employer, therefore spend as much as time as necessary writing, editing and updating your CV before applying for any property job.

Additionally, remember it is your opportunity for self-promotion and marketing, ultimately deciding whether you progress to the next application step. Furthermore, it provides a snapshot in time of your career skills, experience and knowledge that if successful will form the basis of any further discussions.

  • Keep it clear and concise
    • Ensure the design of template is easy to follow and read through
    • Choose an easy to read font, such as Arial
    • Keep sentences concise, avoiding adding unnecessary words
    • Add any necessary technical jargon, but only where appropriate
    • Format it properly
    • Keep it to two pages of A4 (unless applying for roles that require additional information, such as design roles where portfolios become critical)
  • Ensure you include
    • Personal & Contact Information
    • Education & Qualifications – including your achievements
    • Employment History – including your achievements
    • Personal Interests & Hobbies
  • Keep your CV up to date, including:
    • Personal & Contact Information Changes
    • Education & Qualifications – including your most recent achievements
    • Employment History Changes – including your most recent achievements
  • Customise your CV to the role
    • Customise your CV to the property job you are applying for, do not apply with a generic CV (unless you are applying speculatively). Furthermore, consider researching the company (if possible) and match your experience and skills to the company values and services.
    • You can customise your CV to the role in many ways, including:
      • Referring to the job description to match your relevant achievements with the jobs requirements
      • Where possible use numbers in your relevant achievements (for example increasing sales by 50%).
      • Using technical jargon, where appropriate
      • Optimise your CV to include keywords specific to the role. This will help make it more relevant to any employer or recruiter, more so if using automated methods. An additional bonus, is it can be found easier on job boards by employers and recruiters.
  • Proof Read & Spell Check
    • Remember to proof read and spell check your CV, any property recruiter and employer will look carefully for any errors. Ideally, get someone else to review your CV for you prior to applying for roles with recruiters or employers
  • Tell the Truth
    • Do not attempt to lie on your CV. If you land your dream property job and subsequent background/reference checks uncover issues, then that new dream job will be lost very quickly. Equally, this may impact your future employability.
  • Do Not Leave Unexplained Gaps
    • Do not leave gaps without explanation, they will make any recruiter or employer suspicious. Include what you did in these gaps – for example did you do voluntary work or go travelling?
  • Highlight Hobbies or Interests
    • Hobbies or interests help you express your personality, and can help differentiate you as an individual amongst other applicants. Furthermore, hobbies and interests can then form part of the discussion during an interview.
  • References
    • Ideally, references should include someone who has employed you in the past and another person who knows about your skills and experience.
  • Final Point - Contact Information – Personal Email Addresses
    • Is your personal email address appropriate to the property job being applied for? Ensure your email address is professional in tone – for example John.Bloggs@tdm-recruitment.com

After completing your CV, why not view TDM's latest available jobs below and apply for your next Property Job today?