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Successful CV Writing

26th July 2016

Many people agonise over writing their CV, and often for good reason. It’s challenging to write an effective and creative CV that gets results.

Faced with a vast sea of candidates, most prospective employers will decide after the first few lines whether or not they want to interview you.

The purpose of your CV is to get that interview.

There are some tried-and-true rules to follow that can help you transform your CV from blah to wow!

 

Here are 5 Tips to turn your CV into a new job:

 

1. Don’t skip the small stuff

Make sure your CV includes your name, mailing address, phone number and email – all possible ways you can be contacted. Should your CV happen to get separated from your cover letter, a potential employer will have no way of getting in touch with you.

 

2. Use language that sizzles

Use active language and strong, energetic words. Avoid the use of personal pronouns such as “I” and “me,” and steer clear of buzzwords, acronyms, and industry-specific jargon.

Also avoid the use of phrases such as “responsibilities included” or “duties included” – employers want to hear about your accomplishments, not how well you carried out your assigned duties.

 

3. Get to the point

It’s a smart idea to quickly capture an employer’s attention with easily digestible information.

Consider beginning your CV with a specific, highly condensed summary of your professional background, skills, and attributes.

A summary also helps give your CV focus.

 

4. Edit and proofread carefully

The importance of painstakingly proofing your CV for typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors cannot be stressed enough!

Enlist several other pairs of eyes to go over it – preferably friends who are professional managers or recruiters.

Having to review so many CV’s can make many employers look for reasons to eliminate applicants; that first typo usually does the trick.

Even small mistakes can lead a potential employer to believe that a candidate might not make a very careful or conscientious employee.

 

5. Customise

If you have a broad range of experience, you may want to consider producing more than one CV, each targeted to a specific industry or job.

When you submit a CV for a particular job, make sure the accomplishments you’ve highlighted match the specific skills that employer is looking for.

Potential employers will not take the time to figure out why you might be a match; your CV must make that very clear to them.