Top Five Tips For Writing A CV

After a while of not posting here, I just decided to drop something a reader has been on my neck for!
I had to do a little nosing around before I could come up with this! Thanks to him, I can now write a classy CV on my own (Incase you haven't heard, CV stands for Curriculum Vitae).
Writing a CV is like a puzzle that requires you to put shapes together to create a complete picture.

We all know that employers receive an average of 60 applicants for every advertisement for a low-skilled job, and 20 for every skilled job! So with this kind of figure, you need to make sure your own application stands out. How would you do that? Writing and submitting an amazing CV and application letter (I guess my next post would be about writing a good application letter)!
According to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), almost half of the candidates who apply for an opening are perfectly suitable for the role, so that makes their CV all the more important when attempting to stand out from the crowd.

Writing a CV is like a puzzle that requires you to put shapes together to create a complete picture. There are some golden rules for getting a CV neat and correct; aside focusing on accuracy, spelling and grammar,you need to focus on these too:

1. Tailor your CV to a specific job: Different CV content for different job application! It is vital to ensure the CV is relevant to each job application, rather than sending the same generic CV to a different employer with no spice to bring you out.

2. Keep it simple and precise: Your CV should not be long and complex! It should be easy to read and try using active language. Two pages of A4 is enough with a mini profile included in the first half page.

3. Include key information: Information like your personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and any professional social media presence should be clear and included. A date of birth may not be needed, owing to age discrimination rules. A photo is only essential for jobs such as acting and modelling, otherwise it is a matter of choice.

4. Showcase your achievements: Try to include your achievements or experiences, this would give them the impression that you have what they need. While trying to do that, don't over hype yourself just to let them know that you are worth a lot! It may send the wrong message. Just offer evidence of how targets were exceeded and ideas created by you, but always be honest.

5. Check and double check what you have written: To avoid sloppy errors, take a fresh look the next day and ask for a second opinion from a trusted friend or colleague. For funny errors, its safe to triple check your content for grammatical errors, spelling or punctuation. So you won't be like the applicant who ignored commas when describing his interests as “cooking dogs and interesting people”.

Uhmmmmm, I think I have exhausted my points! Hope its helpful?

What do you think?


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