How To Write A Compelling CV
In a crowded and competitive job market, how can you make yourself stand out and increase your chances of catching the eye of a recruiter? A CV may seem like a list of your professional achievements, however, it is so much more than that and if written correctly can see yourself stand out above the competition.
What makes a good CV and what needs to be in one? How long should it be, what should you say, what shouldn’t you say? With so many different rights and wrongs, knowing what needs to be in your CV can be difficult to establish, however in this article we will take a look at a few CV writing best practices to help you get ahead in the job application process.
Let's take a look at some top tips, below…
What needs to be in your CV?
It’s essentially a given but your personal details should be listed within your CV. How you can be contacted is essential so make sure you include your email address and telephone number. Your CV should include your employment history in chronological order and ensure that you place your most recent experience first. This is what a recruiter will be most interested in first and foremost. You should also include your education history and detail anything substantial such as degrees or course qualifications. Furthermore a CV can include items such as hobbies and interests, however only include these if you see them as suitable.
Tailor your CV to suit the job
A good CV should be tailored to each job that you apply for. Whilst you could have a strong CV on its own, you are far more likely to achieve success if you tailor your CV to each job that you apply for. Tailoring the content means that you are only including references that are important to the job in question. A recruiter will only ever skim read your CV so having everything you want to say presented prominently is going to stand out.
What should a CV look like?
Your CV should be short and punchy. It needs to be succinct and be written in a font that is large enough to be read but not too large that it looks like your just trying to fill a page. Typically a CV should be no longer than two sides of standard A4. It should be written out in a logical and tidy manner with consideration paid to line spacing and the size of titles. Being smart is the key here as a messy CV will more than likely get overlooked, no matter how compelling the content.
The above tips form a solid basis on which you can put together and build your CV. Put together correctly it will be a powerful tool and will allow you to stand out from the crowd.
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