Writing a Perfect CV

There are many different ways of writing a CV. Taking into consideration the layout, content, format and colour determines your CV being viewed by an employer. Remember it is not just about quantity, but also quality!

GRAMMER & SPELL CHECK

  • Correct grammar and spell checking your CV is vital! Not proof reading for grammatical errors and wrong spelling can lead to a great deal of embarrassment on your part. Leaving the auto spell checker and grammar correction to Microsoft Word is naive and ignorant of anyone who is looking to impress any employer with their CV.
  • If your use of vocabulary is not wide in variety, you can refer to the dictionary and thesaurus as a guide, but bear mind not to use complex words that can confuse the whole sentence and leave the employer baffled as to what you are saying. Sometimes trying to come across as too intelligent can actually be a big blunder.
  • READ YOUR CV OUT LOUD! Also asking for a second pair of eyes to proof read your CV could mean they may notice something you didn’t.

TAILOR

  • Taking the time to tailor your CV exactly to each role shows the prospective employer the effort you have made. Sending the same generic CV to all the jobs you apply for shows little to no effort at all, and this is seen by employers.
  • It is recommended that you read the JD of the roles you are applying for and edit your CV according the requirements of the JD/ Person Specification.
  • Researching the company a little could also give you an idea of their work ethics, achievements and goals. Use this to your advantage and mention it on your Cover Letter, state your passions and expectations and how you can be a great addition to the team.

CONTENT

  • Important things to add to your CV is your NAME, ADDRESS, CONTACT NUMBER(S), EMAIL ADDRESS (create a professional email address strictly for jobs and employers), ANY LINKS TO YOUR BLOG(S), WEBSITES, and PODCASTS ETC…
  • Placing your work history and education in Chronological date (start month year – end month year) order normally beginning with the most recent is the most conventional and ideal way of presenting your CV.
  • Your main headings should be something like PROFILE, QUALIFICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS/TRAINING (university graduate or equivalent, any independent & short courses, training), SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES, WORK HISTORY, EDUCATION (school, college), ACHIEVEMENTS & GOALS, PERSONAL INTERESTS.
  • Listing key points on your CV can sometimes prove challenging especially when you feel you have achieved soo much; creating the space without it all looking cramped does take some

 

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