CV Best Practices to Implement

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CV Best Practices to Implement

If you are trying to land your dream job for a public sector or non-profit organisation in the UK, today’s post will help you to reach the interview stage. In it, we discuss CV best practices to implement when applying for public sector and non-profit positions. Once you have read and digested all our top tips, please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your future employment plans with one of our consultants.

CV Best Practices to Implement for Public Sector Job Applications

Follow these suggestions and you will greatly improve your chances of reaching the interview stage when applying for positions in the non-profit and public sectors:

  • Tweak Your CV for Each Application – One of the best ways to make sure that you are offered an interview when applying for a position with a public sector or non-profit organisation is to tailor your CV to match the job description. By tailoring, we mean emphasising the qualities, skills and experience you possess that match those outlined in the job description. It should go without saying that you should never fabricate any part of your CV in order to reach the interview stage.
  • Focus on Relevant Experience Rather Than Previous Positions – Public sector hiring managers are generally more interested in key areas of experience than the exact nature of any previous positions that applicants have held. With this in mind, we recommend focusing on the experience you have that makes you the perfect candidate when preparing your CV. And don’t forget: this may include experience you have gained in the pursuit of hobbies and voluntary positions, not just in paid work environments.
  • Use a Conservative Layout and Formatting – Given the large number of applicants that the best public sector vacancies attract, it is not surprising that some candidates try to make themselves stand out from the crowd by using more creative layouts and formatting ideas when preparing their CVs. However, the public sector is still quite conservative when it comes to such matters so we always recommend following a traditional layout and style of writing if you want to maximise your chances of being asked to attend an interview.
  • Expand Every Acronym – There are hundreds of acronyms in common use in the public sector today but many of them are specific to certain areas of specialisation. For this reason, we recommend expanding every acronym that you use (write the words out in full in parentheses, after each one) when preparing your CV.
  • List Additional Skills Last – Some recruitment specialists recommend only including skills that match those in the job description when tailoring your CV for each application that you make. However, we think it is a good idea to list any additional skills you have at the end, in case they may be useful to your potential employer.


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