1. It’s time for a new font. Do you have to stick with the old-school Times New Roman, or can you give it a cleaner, more modern feel using Tahoma, Helvetica or Garamond?
2. Details, details, details. Make sure your contact details are current; don’t use silly personal email addresses; add your professional social medial profiles; don’t include photographs of yourself; and ensure all your employment dates are correct.
3. Are your accomplishments clear? If you’ve included overviews of what your roles involved rather than details about specific responsibilities, rewrite those descriptions to ensure that your achievements and strengths are clearly illustrated. If you can include facts and figures (sales increases, cost reductions, business awards…) or other positive points, go for it.
4. Check spellings and grammar. Then check again. Read your CV again and again to ensure nothing has autocorrected to a different word or number than you intended. And if possible, ask friends and family to read it too, to triple check all of the above.
5. Personal interests on a CV are like accessories. They may help to show a bit of your personality, but too many personal details can also give the wrong impression. This section should be brief.
Birgit Neu co-chairs The Network of Networks for Gender (tnon.org), a best-practice-sharing initiative for employee network heads from approximately 100 public and multinational private sector organisations in the UK, and also runs her own consultancy Neuchange (neuchange.com). Get in contact by emailing email@example.com or follow on Neu on Twitter @bneu_andu.