Knowing how to write a CV can be a challenging task but it is crucial to find the job you want.
Most employers only spend a few seconds to decide if an application is worth consideration. So, here are some suggestions to create an effective CV in order to grab recruiters’ attention.
How to write a CV: some useful tips
When looking for a job, you need to have a CV that proves your full potential, skills, and experience. Be honest and clear and follow some of these suggestions:
Be direct and relevant
A CV should be no longer than two pages. Be punchy and get straight to the point. Before sending your CV check if your education and experience are relevant to the position. So, don’t be afraid to delete some information if it’s not important to that role.
Pay attention to the detail
Take your time and change your CV according to the job you are applying for. Research more about the company and highlight your skills that suit the position. An effort for detail will surely be appreciated.
Include a personal statement
Write a short personal statement explaining why you are the right person for the job. Avoid tired expressions like passionate, hardworking, or team player. Use words that mean something to you and that are useful for the position.
Keep it current
Your CV should always be up to date, whether you are looking for a job or not. Constantly add the experiences you consider to be significant to your professional career and keep your contacts up to date too.
Be careful about errors, whether in structure, spelling, or punctuation. If you’re unsure, then use a spellchecker and ask someone else to double-check what you’ve written. Also, use active verbs, preferably for a strong positive effect on the reader. For example, instead of “I was responsible for”, use verbs like “led” or “managed” (a team/a project).
Add personal information and interesting hobbies
Experiences such as volunteering, playing a team sport, or an activity that shows an important degree of dedication, can be interesting for your CV. Avoid things such as “I like to go out and socialise” or “watching TV series”. This because it doesn’t reveal anything relevant to the employer.
Don’t exaggerate or lie
Your potential employer can easily confirm information about where you have studied or worked. Don’t be tempted to lie or exaggerate because it can go wrong.
Spend time on the layout
Make sure that the CV is easy to read. Use bullet points and appropriate spacing. Keep your sentences short, align the text well, and use a professional-looking font, such as Arial (size 12).
Include a cover letter
When sending your CV to apply for a job, also add a cover letter. There, you should present your interest in the position, highlight your skills, and encourage the employer to read your CV.
Depending on the sector, you can even create more original CVs. Sending a short video introducing yourself, where you explain your experience and motivation, is becoming an increasing trend.
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