CV Writing Tips
- Cover Letter
Always include a cover letter with your CV. Your cover letter should cover 4 points; Where you saw the advertisement, why you are interested in the job and particular company, why the company should consider you for the job, and which parts of your CV demonstrate your suitability for the job.
Content is without doubt he most critical aspect of CV writing. Make sure that when you are composing your CV you consider the employer who is reading it. Talk about your success and achievements on projects, duties and responsibilities in your in current/past role. Give examples where possible.
- Positioning of Content
As with most publications important/relevant information always makes front page. Most employers will probably have made a decision on whether to call for interview by the end of the first page.
- 3Cs Clear, Clean and Concise
Your CV maybe one of many that the employer has to sieve through so remember to keep yours easy on the reader's eye. Visual appearance is not your number 1 importance but remember to keep it "Clean, clear and concise" It is important to remember you have approximately 30 seconds to make an impression so make it easy for the reader to find what they are looking for. Use clear headings, bullet points, uniformity of font type and size effectively.
You need to choose consistency over creativity when writing your CV. This will show the reader you are an organised logic person and have followed a distinct thought process which will leave a positive impression with the reader. Remember all sections should resemble each other in terms of formatting, to ensure that information can be located easily.
- Keep Information Relevant
Keep the length and tip 1 in mind when composing your CV - your CV should be between 2 and 3 pages long. Remember the employer or reader. Try and avoid repeating information. Be careful not to use jargon and avoid slang.
- Short Sentences
CVs must contain short statements. You dont have to use complete sentences or paragraphs.
- Bullet Points
Incorporate bullet points into your formatting, bullet points make it easy for the reader to find information.
- Use Plain English
Keep your language simple and try to use plain English.
- Use of Action Verbs
Include action verbs when describing your duties/responsibilities as they convey activity. Action verbs normally end in 'ed' for example: Created, Managed, Delivered, Coordinated, Sourced, Distributed, Designed, Supervised and Generated.
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