Writing your CV seems pretty straightforward on the face of it, but it’s so easy to forget vital pieces of information that could make the difference between you getting invited for an interview or not.

Employers and recruiters are incredibly busy people so it’s important that you include key details on your CV or run the risk of being disregarded completely.

With that in mind, here are the top things that you should never leave off your CV:

1) Home Address

Your address is a key part of your CV as the employer needs to know how far you live from a job – especially if it’s an office-based role.

This is vital as it helps them to understand what sort of commute you would be making, and how feasible it is to put you forward or consider you for the position.

Also, including your address is a good idea if you plan on submitting your CV to any CV databases as employers and recruiters will tend to search by location as well as skill set.

That said; if you are looking to relocate for the role, be sure to mention this next to your address.

2) Contact Details

This might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people fail to include an email address or contact number on their CV.

Imagine you applied for a job and the recruiter thought you were a perfect fit but had no way of contacting you, so you lost out on the chance to go to an interview! This can be extremely common, particularly when CVs get passed around an office and the original application email which includes your contact details gets lost in the process.

You could also include your Skype username as another contact channel so you’re always contactable.

3) Social Media Profiles

When you apply for a job, one of the first things a recruiter will do is check out your online presence.

Make this easier for them by including links to your LinkedIn, Twitter and any other relevant social media profiles near the top of your CV.

Top Tip: Before you include your social media links on your CV, make sure your digital footprint is clean and professional. You can read more about this here.

4) Job Ad Keywords

We’ve already covered how to tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for here, but it’s really important that you include keywords mentioned in the job description on your CV for a number of reasons.

One: Recruiters don’t spend very long reading a CV, so including the phrases that they’re looking for is guaranteed to make you stand out.

Two: A lot of recruiters use CV databases and will search CVs based on those keywords in the job description – so make sure your CV has phrases you’d like to be found for on it.

5) Key Achievements

A CV is pretty much about showing off about yourself and talking about how great you would be at a particular job – but some people are still way too modest!

When listing your work history and job responsibilities, be sure to include key achievements from each role. This could be anything from meeting and surpassing KPIs to successfully launching a campaign and winning an award.

Top Tip: Wherever possible, try to include stats as part of your achievement. Not only do they give your achievements some extra clout, but the recruiter also gets a better idea of the work you’ve carried out.

6) Company Descriptions

While it’s more important to include your job responsibilities and achievements, it’s also necessary to give a brief overview of what the company you work for does.

Chances are, you will have worked for some companies that aren’t instantly recognisable, so the recruiter or hiring manager needs to know what sort of industries you’ve worked in to know how relevant your experience is for the role you’re applying for.

It doesn’t have to be a whole paragraph as space on a CV is limited, but just a quick sentence explaining the company and what they do is a good thing to include on your CV.

So there we go, those are some of the things you should never leave off your CV! Can you think of anything else?

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