Top five ways to improve your CV

So you are bored of your job and you want something exciting and challenging. Even considering this tough economic climate, your CV is not being responded to by potential employers. It may be time therefore to spruce up your CV, so follow these five steps to nab that next all-important job.

1. Cleaning house

Sometimes it is how the information on your CV is presented, rather than what it actually says, that will set you apart. When an employer has ten CVs that all say the same thing, often what will distinguish one is it's layout. Avoid long paragraphs and you may consider breaking the data up in headings and bullet points.

When it comes to font, use a clean simple style such as Arial, Tahoma and Verdana so that people can read it easily. You would be surprised at how many CVs with Brush Script get thrown in the bin. Don't go crazy with bolding and italics, whilst font should never be smaller than 10 points.

2. Get rid of the fat

The cardinal sin of writing a CV is waffling. You should include as much information as possible, but this needs to be in a clear and efficient way. Use proper English and avoid any jargon. You will want to do anything to sell yourself but remember that you will have the interview stage to do this. For now, keep your CV clear, concise, and no longer than two pages. And no cliches!

3. Customer satisfaction

Whenever you can, use stats and figures to back up your past successes. If you increased sales in an organisation by 40 per cent to £80,000, then mention it. If your past achievements were not so clear cut, it is still worth mentioning that you had received positive feedback on customer comment cards. Even quote them if necessary. Bosses are more likely to take you on if they trust what you are saying.

4. Industry buzzwords

Sometimes, especially in large corporations, CVs are often scanned through computer systems to look for specific keywords or phrases. That is why your CV must be tailored to the job description. Generally, stock words that always go down a treat are: 'Communication skills', 'friendly', 'confident', 'organised', and 'polite'

5. "Give me a hand here"

Sometimes writing a personal statement can be tricky as it is about yourself. It may be wise to ask a work colleague, family member or trusted friend to write down your strengths for you. Not only will this offer an objective viewpoint, but you may also be flattered in the process.

Keep your statement short, tight and focus on why you would be perfect for that particular job vacancy.

The only other piece of advice to give is to make sure you keep taking breaks with your CV. When you are making amendments, you can often get blindsided and so it is best to leave it for a day or so and come back to it with fresh eyes.

Job hunting does not have to be a chore. Improve your CV and you may find that a whole load of hospitality jobs are right round the corner.

Berkeley Scott provides specialist advice and support to help you find hospitality jobs.