How to optimise your retail sales CV or resume template
There is no one correct way to put together and finalise your résumé but the following general rules always need to be followed:
1. Your CV should be targeted for the specific job or career area for which you are applying and highlights the most relevant skills you have.
2. It is meticulously and clearly laid out, logically ordered, easy to read and not cramped.
3. It is informative but concise.
4. It is without grammar and spelling mistakes. If you mention attention to detail as a skill, be sure your spelling and grammar is perfect.
As well as to these ‘musts’, here are our best tips for personalising this template:
1. Keep evolving
If your curriculum vitae is put together the wrong way round on fluorescent yellow paper and it lands you regular interviews, why consider altering it? At the end of the day if it is getting results, don’t be too eager to interfere with what works. Conversely, if it’s not getting you results, ask people to look at it and offer their thoughts. Having said this, if you go with the template on this page as a starting point, you’re unlikely to go far wrong.
2. Use relevant keywords
If you have uploaded your curriculum vitae to a job site so recruiters can find you, keywords are very important. Job titles and job keywords will help a search engine pick you out from the pile. To get ideas for keywords, have a search online and find out what words are commonly mentioned when you input your target role.
3. Get to the point
Typically a curriculum vitae will be no more than two pages – and by that we mean a couple of pages of A4 sized sheets. Employers devote, typically, just 8 seconds browsing through each CV, and a surefire way of landing your application on the no pile is to give them your whole life story. Maintain it punchy, relevant, and reserve the detail for the interview.
4. Add some spice
Image is everything in recent times, and it’s just as true for your curriculum vitae. Make time to refining how the curriculum vitae looks, as well as your content. Make use of bullet points to help organise your information, and keep sentences short. Use the graphic design technique of allowing enough of white space around your text and between categories to make the page layout easy to digest.
5. Personalise it
We’ve all done it. Sending an identical CV to lots of employers to save your time. Across-the-board messages deliver small results so never fall into this trap – make an effort to change your curriculum vitae for each position that you apply for. Study the corporation and use the job ad to work out specifically what skills you should point out to them. They will recognise the obvious effort.
6. Sell the facts
Backing up your positive results with numbers makes selling yourself a lot simpler. When putting together your work history, don’t just mention that you increased sales – tell them you boosted sales by 80% over a eight month period. Be specific.
7. Include an objective
Don’t just presume an recruiter will understand how your experience applies to their position. Instead, use a brief personal statement to clarify why you’re the best person for the role. This should be indicated in your cover letter as well.
8. Don’t lie
Outright lies on your CV can land you in a stack of trouble when it comes to employers checking out your references and background. The very last thing you need is to begin your new job and then lose your new job for not being totally honest. Furthermore, you could get found out during the interview stage when you suddenly struggle to answer questions on things you have claimed to know. It’s not worth the trouble – don’t do it!
9. Don’t leave gaps without an explanation
Leaving obvious gaps on your curriculum vitae instantly makes employers suspicious – and they will not give you the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve been out of employment it can be a worry but just turn it into something positive. Did you study for a qualification, do some volunteering or build up soft skills eg communication or teamwork? In this case, make it evident. Never presume you will get the opportunity to clarify at the interview – as the gaps might put them off giving you a chance.
10. Correct your mistakes
Employers do look for blunders on CV and if they spot them, it makes you seem bad. With many recruiters experiencing significant quantities of prospects these days, providing them the excuse to write off your application as a result of preventable mistakes is definitely not going to enable you to secure an interview. Even if you think your grammar and spelling is awesome, use a spellchecker and ask someone else to double check what you have written – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Always keep up to date
You should always keep your CV current whether you’re looking for a new role or not. Each time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that may be significant.