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10 Tips - How To Write A Good CV
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10 Tips - How to Write A Good CV

If you’re job hunting, learning how to write a good CV (Curriculum Vitae) is an important part of the process. The CV is your opportunity to create a good impression with a potential employer so that they want to know more about you and invite you for interview. It makes sense to take the time to get it right and send in a well presented, flawless CV that fits the job criteria. If you don’t, you can almost guarantee that you won’t hear anything back because it was put in the bin.

Listed below are 10 tips on how to write a good cv.

1. Produce a new CV: Even if you have a CV that you've previously used, an employer will be far more impressed by a CV that clearly addresses a specific vacancy, rather than a general one.

2. Select the appropriate type of CV: There are different types of CVs but the the three most common are: chronological, functional and combined. Do your research and select the CV which you believe is the most suitable for your experience and the organisation you’re applying to.

3. Assess yourself against criteria: This is one of the most important tips in learning how to write a good CV. Before you even start writing you should go through each point of the person specification and see how you match the criteria. Don’t just tick each point, think of the specific examples. This will help you to structure the CV in a logical way.

4. Use specific examples: People who know how to write a good CV will always include specific examples. It is no good saying “ I am a good team player” – if you don’t give an example and say what the impact was. Impact is what employers are most interested in.

5. Don't write too much or too little: The question you probably want to ask is "exactly how long should a CV be?" Some employers stipulate a length and if they do you should follow it. Some people consider that you should never write more than 2 sides of A4, but there are no hard and fast rules. The important thing is that your content is relevant, easy to read and addresses the job and person specifications. Remember though that you want to peak their interest to invite you for interview. If you bore them with lots of irrelevant details

6. Avoid gaps: If you have any gaps in your employment history, make sure they are filled. If you’ve spent time travelling, being a carer, studying or have been sick - you need to say so. Don’t just ignore gaps – employers will undoubtedly pick them up and will be suspicious.

7. Avoid technical jargon and unexplained acronyms: A mistake that many applicants make when writing a CV, is to pepper their content with jargon and acronyms assuming that the person who reads it will understand them. Anyone who’s learnt how to write a good CV, won’t do this, because they know that you can never be sure who is involved in the shortlisting or what their experience and background is. You're unlikely to get shortlisted if the reader doesn't understand what you're talking about.

8. Think about the layout: When someone first looks at a CV, they may well stop reading if the layout is poor. Ensure that you use headings and bullet points to structure your CV and make it easier to read. Pages of continuous prose with no headings will not impress.

9. Avoid gimmicks: Some people believe that sending in a CV with colour and multi fonts with borders or pictures will make them stand out. It certainly will do, but most employers will not be impressed.

10. Proofread: Don’t make the mistake of having an over reliance on a spell checker. Make sure that you proof read your CV. Typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors will always look sloppy. Once you have proofread your CV, pass it to someone else to read. They will invariably pick up things that you have missed.

Learning how to write a good CV is an important part of any job hunting process. You should see it as your gateway to getting shortlisted and just like application forms, or cover letters you should take the time to present you and your experience in a professional manner that will leave an employer wanting to know more about you.


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