How to write a winning CV

 

 

It can be really difficult to translate your skills to a concise but attractive CV but our tips should be able to give your CV the head start it needs to get an interview.

Make sure your CV is organised and in a good reading order. It is really important to ensure you elaborate your experience to what each individual job requires. So what should you start with?

1        Name, address and contact telephone number

2        Make your format eyecatching, not too busy and easy to read

3        Skill set: make sure you put qualifications and any relevant self learnt skills in this area

4        Summarise what life experience you have had in relation to the job. A short course or internship as well as self learning can show initiative.

5        Employment history: make sure that you showcase the skills relevant to each are of employment and emphasise those in relation to the job you are applying for.

6        Start with the most recent job first. Ensure you carry on the same format when listing. Employer, Job title, dates and then a short explanation of your role.

7        Education: remember to include any short courses or relevant qualifications gained through employers.

8        Personal Interests: any hobbies that can be used to support your work experience. Obviously socialising is a no, but playing at open mics shows a creative flair.

Your CV should be tailored to the employer. By keeping it individual to the application it shows that you have thought about how you will fit in to their work environment.

How you present your CV is extremely important. You want it to be easy to read and easy for the reader to find the relevant information. Poor presentation will only leave your application at the bottom of the pile.

So what are our do’s and dont’s?:

Do:

1        Be clear, concise and jargon free

2        Use short well thought out sentences in each part of the CV.

3        Try to keep to 2 pages of A4

4        Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes. Do a spell and grammar check and get a friend to proof read.

 

One of the best ways of ensuring that your CV is perfect is to know what you should not do:

Don’t:

1        Over elaborate. Use short sentences that are punchy and easy to read.

2        Be too simple. Make sure that you showcase your experience.

3        Don’t cut your experience down if it is relevant to the job.

4        Use various fonts and typography throughout.

5        Enclose a photograph, unless it is required or your have asked for one.

6        Give referees at this point unless specified. You can do this at interview stage.

7        Give salary details. Think about what your are worth and have a figure in mind for when you are asked.

 

These are just a few tips to get your CV looking great!

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