The Dos & Don’ts Of A Banking CV
DO keep it short and sweet
A good CV should be no longer than two pages and should really try to sum up exactly why you are the ideal candidate for the job you’re applying to. Don’t fill your banking CV with unnecessary information and make sure you include everything the employer may find relevant.
DO highlight your qualifications
Qualifications are important when it comes to the banking sector, particular amongst graduates coming straight out of university. This means two things. Firstly, that you need impeccable grades and, secondly, that you need to show them off as much as possible. Make sure they’re easy to see and that you’ve really sold them.
DO use bullet points
Bullet points allow you to summarise information easily into manageable chunks that a recruitment specialist such as Randstad will digest with ease. Remember that these people will probably be reading hundreds of applications a day and anything that appears too congested or difficult to read will immediately be discarded. Bullet points are the perfect way to prevent this from happening.
DO try to show individuality
Though you don’t want to do anything too quirky simply to get attention, it is important that you do show the person reading your CV that you have a personality. Try and get a little bit of yourself across in the short amount of space you have to work with. Providing information on interesting personal achievement is a good way of doing this.
DON’T include a photo
Most employers won’t care at all what you look like and, unless asked to, attaching a photo simply gives the impression that you think looks are important and that you have them in abundance. Leave something to the imagination and try and sell yourself with your real credentials.
DON’T speak in clichés
There are a number of phrases that recruiters will read again and again through the course of scanning CVs, most of which will get your application tossed immediately. Don’t speak in clichés and don’t try to imitate someone else’s style of speech. You’ll only be found out in the end and often it feels unnatural to read, an indication to recruiters that something is not quite right.
DON’T make typos
Typos and grammatical errors give the impression of carelessness and laziness. Even if you’re not the best at spelling, get a few people to check your CV over before you send it. They should be able to pick out mistakes, give a little help and tidy up your CV.
DON’T list irrelevant achievements
Recruiters don’t want to hear how you won the cross country at second school, as it bears absolutely no relevance to the job you’re applying for. Similarly, details of all the part time jobs you had while studying probably aren’t necessary. Keep the list of achievements to those that are relevant and may impress. Those running the recruitment process will also want to know how you made an impact if your achievements are team-based. Don’t just put that you were part of an award-winning sales team, make sure you write about exactly what you contributed to the group and back it up with figures if possible.
Good luck in your search for a new role!