How To Write A Good Curriculum Vitae

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The most crucial aspect of writing a good CV is to make it professional. One mistake which many people make is that they fail to check their work for spelling errors and poor grammar. Due to the fact that spell checkers are included with any modern word processing software this is unforgivable. This kind of unprofessionalism is guaranteed to result in a CV being instantly rejected, as an employer will believe that a lack of attention to detail in a CV will undoubtedly be reflected in the candidate's approach to work.

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The most crucial aspect of writing a good CV is to make it professional. One mistake which many people make is that they fail to check their work for spelling errors and poor grammar. Due to the fact that spell checkers are included with any modern word processing software this is unforgivable. This kind of unprofessionalism is guaranteed to result in a CV being instantly rejected, as an employer will believe that a lack of attention to detail in a CV will undoubtedly be reflected in the candidate's approach to work.

A good curriculum vitae will therefore be free from errors. It should be typed rather than handwritten, and as a result it will be properly formatted. There are several ways to approach the running order of a CV. The most commonly found is chronological, in which the emphasis will be on employment history. A candidate will list their employment history in reverse chronological order, thereby offering a very clear representation of their career progression. This is especially useful when a person is applying for a job in the same industry in which they already work.

When somebody is looking to change careers, however, a functional CV may serve them better. In this type of CV the focus is on skills and achievements rather than employment history. Each relevant personal skill should be listed and expanded upon, with a brief employment history placed at the end of the CV. A functional CV has a much wider scope than a chronological CV, and offers an applicant the opportunity to really sell themselves with the language which they use.

A third type of curriculum vitae is a combination of both styles previously mentioned. This can be a very effective way of impressing a potential employer, however its use can only be justified when a person feels that they have a wealth of both the skills and the experience required for a particular job. Each skill listed will have relevant employment experience attached. This type of CV will be longer than the standard two pages, and therefore it has to be well written from the beginning to prevent an employer from becoming disinterested.


Regardless of the type of CV used, it is important that it is as effective as possible by being concisely written using powerful language. A CV is an opportunity for a person to promote themselves. Whilst relevant experience is always important, an employer will be more interested in how a candidate improved their previous place of work, and what they achieved in that role. This will give the employer an idea of how that candidate could enhance their business, and will often result in an interview being offered.

A good CV should always include a concise personal statement, employment and education history, skills, achievements, and qualifications. How these sections are laid out can vary, but it important to always tailor a CV to the job which is being applied for. If, for example, relevant experience is a requirement then employment history should be the focus. In short, the purpose of any CV should be to give the reader a very clear idea of how the candidate could improve their business.

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