CV Advice

Unemployed & Watching Netflix? 5 Steps to Write The Perfect CV


Sitting on your behind wondering how to crack on with finding that job? (‘scuse the pun)

There’s nothing new in telling you that, unless that Netflix show is about job hunting, chances are you won’t find your dream job that way.

Writing a CV can be like a little pot of gold when you get it right and can help you land that perfect job.

So, pull up those jeans, sit up straight and duck away from that Netflix show.

That’s right, turn it off and move away.

Netflix will always be there, but that dream job could quickly disappear like a member of The Walking Dead cast, so you want to be on your game here.

Now, let’s dive into how to WOW with your CV and, like your Jimmy Choos, find the perfect fit.


Size Doesn’t Matter

I know what you’re probably thinking (‘but it does!’).

Honestly! In some cases, size might matter, but not in this one.

With CVs, recruiters don’t have loads of time to flip through pages (even though there’s plenty of juicy info about you).

Condensing your achievements onto two pages can be like suffering a hangover after an all-nighter.

So make the page work for you.

Think skinny jeans – squeezing more into less.

Split a page into 2 sections and highlight your most awesome skills and experiences.

Like getting dressed up, less is definitely more and it’ll catch a recruiter’s eye – in a good way.


List your jobs – the Good, Bad and the Ugly

Remember that job you hated cleaning out the cinema toilets?

It may have made your stomach turn, but it will show you can:

  • Meet high standards
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Can work under pressure

Been a porn actor or a podium dancer? Erm, maybe leave those parts off.

Rather than every single thing you did in your job, pick 3 top tasks and what you achieved.

Help organise the Christmas party? (leave out the bit about the drunken kiss with your supervisor) This shows your organisational skills and willingness to get involved.


‘But I Haven’t Done Any Jobs Since Uni…’

I bet you have a few things you enjoy. Love of making vegan cake? Shows your attention to detail and creativity.

Ever swum with sharks? You like taking calculated risks.

Are you part of an online group? You’re a good people person.

What to Take Off…

 No, not that! Step away from Game of Thrones and Fifty Shades of Grey right now.

Apart from that, what a recruiter actually doesn’t need to know is your age or reference details.

They don’t need to know your love of Krispy Cremes, if that’s your thing.

And that pretty border or heart that makes your CV look cute and creative?

No thanks.

Unless you’re applying for a digital design job, a recruiter doesn’t need lots of cute fluffy images.

They just need to see you know your stuff.


…And What To Leave On

Wondering about socks? Leave your dirty mind at the door.

Let’s be real here – check out the good old person spec – you know, that info about all the delicious skills they need?

What are they looking for?

How can you turn your experience and skills to match it?

Consider your top skills and qualities that make you an all-round awesome person.

That will make them want you (because you seem a perfect fit for the job).

Yes, I know it’s hard to figure out what you did because what manager ever tells you that?

The way you juggled those cups back into the cupboard saved us a ton of time with our customer service targets.” Nope. No-one ever tells us that.

Spend 6 months in Peru? Add it with qualities taken from the spec, as long as they fit, of course.


Show Off Your Assets

No, no, no – not those ones! (Remember less is more)

Neither am I talking about those great club dance moves (unless you’re a dancer) or how you recall every line from the latest Game of Thrones (though that would be impressive).

Life-changing note: Make your strengths and assets RELEVANT to the job!

It can be a grade from your uni paper.

How you always correct the grammar in your friends’ Facebook posts.

Do you sort out arguments among your friends? You’re a problem-solver or calm in a crisis.

What makes you get out of bed in the morning? (I don’t mean the latest whatever Netflix show)

Is it helping people? Is it organising admin for a charity?

Use in your intro and make yourself a sensation.

Bonus Tip:

If you find yourself thinking ‘I haven’t done that’ or ‘But I’ve stayed in bed since lockdown’, maybe it’s time to try something new.

Big or small, size doesn’t matter here, either.

Help an elderly person with their shopping.

Reach out to a local business and offer to help with their social media page.

All these can help build new skills.

Think outside the circle or cube to see how the things you do could be spun into strengths that make you a great fit.

Now get off that couch and leap onto your laptop to get stuck in.