Curriculum Vitae (CV) Advice - the winning CV

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Advice - the winning CV

CV Writing Tips

It's all very well having a brilliant education.  Now you must sell yourself on paper so they'll be queuing to hire you.

"WRITE sending CV", the advertisement reads.  It is an invitation to job hunters to sell themselves which is often thrown away.

There are three basic situation when a CV is used:

  • In response to an advertised vacancy
  • when you approach a company to see if they may have a job
  • and as a substitute for an application form.

Prepare & Plan

Preparation and presentation are the two essentials to bear in mind.  It is pointless sitting down to start typing a CV, without being clear on what you are offering and how it applies to the job.  Once this information is collected, you need to think about how it should be presented to make the best impression.

Presentation - Make It Simple

Gimmicks and flashy designs can act against yo so do your best to keep it simple. Brightly coloured paper won't make any difference, except possibly irritating the employer. just stick with white and use good quality printing paper.

Be concise, factual and neat. keep your CV to 2 page. Lay out your CV chronologically. Some employers prefer reverse chronology when looking at a candidate's work history, this is up to you.

Put your name in bold type so it stands out.

Important information you must include

Always be sure to include your post code in the address and area code in the telephone number.

Employment history - list all the jobs you have done in the last 5 years. If there are two many jobs list the last 3 years in detail and put down the rest in less detail as a summary. Make sure you include the date of employment, your duties and any achievements in the job. Whatever your experience, you can dress it up to make it sound important.

Education - using headings education, qualification, courses attended, grades achieved list everything you have done from secondary school to university or college. Accentuate the positive, gloss over negative. If your GCESE or A Level grades were low, leave them out. Always include the best grade on top.

Extra skills - skills such as language, computer literacy, driving and secretarial skills are important but be honest as you may be tested in the interview.

Achievements: Be certain that the achievements and skills highlighted mach the job advert to which you are responding.

Interest - describe your interests and anything about them that makes you stand out from the crowd.

Think of your CV as a vehicle for selling yourself. Use it to your advantage.

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Michelle 5 years ago

thanks for the great post. This is very informative.

Michelle 5 years ago

thanks for the great post. This is very informative.

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