1. Check your spelling and grammar.
Poor spelling is the quickest way to get rejected. If your CV is sloppy or riddled with errors, potential employers will be unimpressed. Double (and triple) check that you have spelled the name of the company correctly, as well as any companies you have worked for in the past.
2. Proofread for any sentences that could be written more concisely.
CVs that are concise and well-written tend to do better than long-winded CVs that have repetitive information. Make sure you don’t repeat yourself–it’s better to list many of your traits than the same few traits over and over again.
3. Read your CV as if you were the company you are applying to.
What do you think about the layout and the information written there? Do you come across as a professional?
4. Get someone else to read your CV.
What do they think could be added or taken out? Would they hire you if they were a company?
5. Check the company’s application page.
Look to see if there are any other materials they would like you to send in along with your CV. Companies may ask for a cover letter or samples of your work (such as articles you may have written).