James Caan reveals six secrets to writing a great CV

James Caan CBE was an investor on BBC Dragons Den for three years from 2007-2010 Top tips: Writing a good CV is essential when it comes to getting a foot in the door Top tips: Writing a good CV is essential when it comes to getting a foot in the door

Top tips: Writing a good CV is essential when it comes to getting a foot in the door

5. Use CV to showcase high profile in your industry 

If a candidate’s CV demonstrates that they are well-known and respected within their industry, then my view of them is immediately more positive. 

Include a link to your LinkedIn profile or an article you have written in an industry publication.

Not only is this a good way for candidates to stand out, but there’s an added benefit. 

I know that a high-profile applicant will be visible to my competitors, and that incentivises me to act quickly if I decide to give them an offer. 

It may even affect the salary I’m willing to pay: I know my competitors could be interested, so I need to ensure the applicant’s remuneration is in line with the market.

6. But remember, the CV isn’t everything

Lastly, it’s important to remember that your CV is only part of the process. If your CV has helped you land an interview, that’s great. But you haven’t landed the job yet.

In my mind, it’s a good thing that there’s more to a job application than the CV. The interview allows you to prove yourself in ways that a CV doesn’t. 

And if you don’t have the perfect CV, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do the job. Use the interview to showcase your passion, and you’ll be well on your way to landing that job.

What to do next: If you’re stuck, This is Money’s cheat sheet series has covered multiple aspects of the interview process, from how much research you should do beforehand, to how to answer some of the more difficult questions like ‘tell me about yourself’.