Writing your CV can be extremely challenging for anyone – whether you’re good at writing or not. The problem? We all know that our CVs are the difference between whether or not we get an interview. And as we all want to get an interview for our dream job, we want to make it perfect. Here are some tips on how to write a winning CV.
Make yourself shine
A recruiter or potential employer, when reading your CV, must be able to get a good idea of who you are (your goals, aspirations, etc.) as well as what your skill sets, employment history and education are. Remember that the purpose of your CV is not for them to make a decision on whether or not to hire you. It’s for the recruiter or potential employers to decide if they should give you an interview. Start your CV off with a brief summary, 2 – 3 lines that briefly showcases you, your skills and education, and most importantly, why you would be valuable to the particular company.
Let them know how to contact you
Very important: always include your telephone number and/or e-mail address in your CV. Make this information extremely visible and be creative when presenting it. Create a header for your CV in which you insert your name and contact details so that recruiters and potential employers can find these easily.
Order your education and employment history in reverse
When you set out your education and employment history, always start with your latest qualification and job. Also, only include items that are relevant to the position that you’re applying for. So if you have, for example, a qualification as a cordon bleu chef – and are applying for a job as a C# programmer – only include the qualifications that showcase your skills as a programmer.
Your CV should only be two pages long
Candidates fresh out of university won’t find it difficult to keep their CVs at two pages or less as they probably won’t have had a lot of relevant work experience. However more experienced candidates may find keeping their CVs brief quite challenging. If you’ve spent a great many years in your particular field, you may find yourself with the dilemma of having so much relevant experience that you don’t know what to include or discard. Our advice is to highlight your most recent, relevant experience and education (in the last 2 – 5 years) so that recruiters and potential employers can see that you are actively involved in the industry that they’re recruiting for.
Your CV is a reflection of yourself. This means that no two will be the same. Be sure that yours is authentic and you’ll go far in your career.