When one considers that your CV is often all a potential employer has to judge you on, it is absolutely vital that you are able to create the right ‘first impression’. Whether you are looking for an exciting new career opportunity or that ever illusive promotion, your CV is the vehicle which will start you off on the road to success.
To that end, a well written CV will maximise YOUR chances of making the right ‘first impression’, and significantly improve your chances of securing the job you deserve.
So when considering how to write a GOOD CV, understandably there are a number of key factors which you need to draw into the equation. To help you along the way we have written a few bullet points which you should take into consideration:
- Information provided
- Employment history
- Target to Role
Try not to fall in to the trap of providing every single detail about your previous / current employment. Instead focus on providing only the key information, take the time to sit back and ask yourself, ‘do I really need to include this’, if the answer is no, then the chances are your prospective employer wont find it useful either.
Perhaps the biggest mistake people make when writing CV’s is the length, far to often we see CV’s which are 3 to 4 pages long, this is unnecessary. As a rule of thumb, aim for your CV to be around two pages long.
Try to write your employment history in order of most recent first, ensure you include all relevant dates, positions held as well as your main duties / responsibilities. Avoid writing long sentences; instead aim to provide clear and concise points that deliver key information relevant to the role.
People often fall into the trap of writing about their specific personality traits in this area, try to avoid this. Instead focus on writing about what makes you suitable for the role you are applying for, focus on specific skills, system knowledge, machines used and so forth.
Tailor to Role
Each role you apply for will tend to vary in some way, with this in mind try to tailor your CV to fit in with what prospective clients are looking for. Remember your CV is there to convince the reader that you are the best person for the job, if your CV doesn’t reflect this then it will be less likely that you will be considered.
Above all, try to remember that when writing your CV you sole intention is to convince the reader / prospective employer that you are the best person for the role.