Even someone who has a way with words can find writing a CV intimidating. You want to highlight your best features without seeming boastful or bragging. You need to keep all the information up to date and relevant without adding too much and making it into a novel. So, what are the best tips to write a good CV, according to the experts?
Before You Start
Before you start writing the CV, you should do a little research into the role you are applying for. Every time you submit a CV, it should be tailored for the job in question, even if they seem much the same. There are lots of tactics that people use to get their CV past that first hurdle and in front of someone who matters but one of the ones that works is to use keywords relevant to the role. Don’t stuff the CV with key terms to make it seem weird but show your understanding of the role. And those keywords can be picked up by automated job systems and give your CV a boost too.
Five Tips for Writing Your CV
When it comes to the actual writing, always have a go yourself but if you feel you can’t do the job justice, don’t be afraid to use a professional CV writing company. These are people who write CVs for a living and can create one for you that highlights your best points in a good, natural way. But if you are tackling the job yourself, here are five key points to remember.
1. Make it specific to the job – If you have done your research on the keywords and key phrases relating to the job as well as understanding what the role entails, keeping all of your content relevant to it should be easy. It never hurts to show a touch of research on the company in question either.
2. Ensure all information is job relevant – That gap year to India might seem a highlight of your life so far but if it doesn’t impact the role you are applying for then leave it out or drop it down under the interests section. Ensure that the information you provide is what is most relevant to the job in question.
3. Keep it minimal – Save the stories for the interview or when you work with people – keep the information on your CV minimal. If you send in a 10-page document, no one has the time to read it. Two pages is ideal.
4. Keep it honest: Never lie, embellish or tell inaccuracies on a CV nor should you hide things that might have a relevancy if you are required to divulge them
5. Proof read! – Once you have written the document, go over it with a careful eye and look for mistakes. Get someone else to read it for you to ensure it makes sense. Mistakes on a CV will completely get you thrown out of consideration, no matter how impressive the content.
This has been a very quick look at how to create the ideal CV, but if you follow these five tips, you’ve got the foundations of a CV that should serve you well in your job search. You can also take a look at the video below, for a little more advice.