Having previously written the post “How To Write A CV: 5 things to avoid” (go on, I implore you to take a look) – I thought it would only be right and proper and address the balance.
By that, I mean develop a post that outlines what you should be doing on your CV. After all, that ought to be what helps you to land the interview you’re looking for – or at least deliver the impression on the employer you’re looking to make.
1)Make your CV aesthetically pleasing
You might have the worst credentials in the world (pretty difficult) but if your CV *looks* good then it’s likely to leave the right impression with an employer. So how does a CV “look good”? It should be clean, structured, professional yet personable. Still none the wiser? I thought as much (not because you have the worst credentials in the world, I’m sure) so will give you a couple of tips for the presentation of your CV.
If you’re using a certain well-known word processor (no, not Notepad) then you will access to a whole host of professional-looking CV templates. Feel free to take advantage of these and adopt them for your individual requirements.
Secondly, if you have the cheek to ask and they’re kind enough to allow you, take a look at a friend’s CV – only if it’s helped them get a job, of course. Otherwise, without you even recognising, it might be just as bad as yours.
I’m not advocating that you should make a direct copy (seriously, I shall not be held accountable) but try to pick up some tips from how their CV is structured and whereabouts they position their credentials.
2)Emphasise your unique achievements
You might be dead proud of graduating from university, passing your driving test or your GCSE in Geography (ok, maybe not the last one) but the reality is that none of these achievements or qualifications are uncommon. By all means, list your educational background, but make the forefront of your CV about your unique achievements – ones that other candidates may be unable to match. Perhaps some work experience you’ve attained with a respected company or an individual project.
3)Keep it short and concise
When recruiting for a position within a company, an employer is more than likely to receive a shed load of CVs. That’s why it’s absolutely, categorically vital to keep your CV in a short and concise format – in other words, get to the point.
Keep it to one page if you can, at the maximum two, and nail all your key and most attractive selling points near the top of your CV. Use bullet points, short sentences and don’t do long-winded paragraphs that will only aid to shorten the attention span of the reader.
Go ahead, be boastful (I give you permission). Remember, you’re presenting yourself to a potential employer in the form of a piece of paper so you want to do all you can to emit a self-confidence about your credentials for the position. Explain (without blabbing on, of course) why you are the ideal candidate and why you’re skill set is so amazing (even if it isn’t).
5)Read it again and again (and again)
One of the biggest “turn-offs” for any employer reading a CV is overseeing a spelling or grammar mistake. Even the smallest error can ruin your chances in the candidate selection process. That’s why you must take the time out to read over your CV as many times as possible – and even that isn’t enough. Hand your CV to friends and family and get them to check it too. They will pick up on mistakes that you’ve merely gleaned over. You could also use a professional CV service or proofreader. Although I’m afraid to say that costs money.
Author Bio: Matthew Wood is a regular Blogger and Content Developer who enjoys informing people how they should be constructing their CVs – not in a condescending way though. Matthew is contributing this article on behalf of Training Seminar provider EuroMaTech.