How to write the perfect CV for you?
The time has come to put yourself in the global workplace, and even though you have applied through numerous recruitment agencies and company websites, very few have returned with the opportunity to meet for an interview, let alone give you a job. Tired of applying for jobs with little hope of success? The key to unlocking job offers is to perfect your CV and make it stand out. We will show you how!
How should I present my CV?
Presenting a CV in the correct manner is the most important step when creating your document. When passing by a restaurant or deciding upon which fish or meat you will choose from the fishmonger and butcher, you make your choice first and foremost from what you see and not what you can taste, or in the case of CV, a recruiter has not yet had the chance to read your CV.
To make sure your CV is compelling from the moment a recruiter or employer sets his eyes on your CV, it is crucial to keep in mind a few key elements.
Clarity of Structure: A CV must be presentable from all angles and all distances. It must not only look good from a distance but also when you pick it up to go for a closer look. To achieve this, make sure there is a clear structure and continuity in the size of the font, for which only one must be utilised, across the CV.
For example, the first part which will cover you work experiences should have the same font size as the second part which may cover your academic achievements. Any sign of font size not being respected on the CV will show the recruiter your attention to detail is not up to scratch and will get you eliminated before he has even read your CV. Furthermore, make sure information remains as compact and concise as possible, clarity is very often an underestimated asset when applying for a job.
What information to include on my CV?
Whilst there is no size fits all when it comes to writing a CV, there are generally several pieces of informations that should always be included in your CV should you be looking for a job.
The first words that should be written when writing your own CV are your personal details. It may seem obvious at first as you are trying to get the attention of others through your skills and qualities, but it is important to remind candidates to start by typing their name, phone number, email address and any other information that may be required.
A profile is not mandatory, and most recruiters are not overly fussed weather one is included or not, however if you have gone through the effort of making and believe it significantly enhances your chances, than it should be added. The length should be no longer than 4 lines as you are not writing a resume but simply a very short summary of your aspirations for the future and the person you are as of today.
This section should encompass all your previous work experiences, with the most recent one coming first. It is important to state not only the description of your role in previous jobs but also your achievements and how that may link to the position you are currently seeking to get.
If you are a student, you will after 3 to 5 years, have completed a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree. The aim with this section is to highlight the most important subjects you undertook whilst completing your degree, and which can be seen as the most likely to relate to the job you are seeking for the near future.
Hobbies and Interests
A very often neglected section which is very underestimated by candidates, since this section allows the recruiter to see the personality of the candidate and what makes them tick outside work. Demonstrating your ability to work in a team through sports activities, or your love for travelling and getting out of your comfort zone will always impress an employer!
What not to include in your CV?
Before offense, defense is key! As you are trying to sell yourself, it is easy to start using superlative words to embolden your CV, with the hope the recruiter will be impressed by all your qualities and attributes. All words which are widely used should be avoided such as self motivation, independent, flexibility and goal driven. These attributes, while seeked by any employer, are employed sparingly and will not allow you to detach yourself from the crowd.
Final Checks before sending a CV
Once all the elements to write a perfect CV have been put together, it is important to remember to do a final few checks before submitting your job application. Every job is different from the next, and this should be reflected on your CV by being tailored to the requirements of the job description.
To achieve this, make sure you show you understand the role you are applying for by relating skills you have developed in previous experiences to the job you currently seek.
Furthermore, proofreading can go a long way to saving your application from being a rejection to becoming a interviewee. Grammar and spelling mistakes must not exist on a CV, as once more you are showing to the recruiter the level of attention to detail you have for your work. These are very simple but effective steps that eliminate a myriad of candidates who are unaware of the little tricks to go up the rankings in an employer’s mind.
All that is left is to fill in all the necessary details and requirements and submit your CV alongside your application with the great hope it will lead to a phone call in the near term!