Creating The Perfect CV
By Shirley Taylor | Submitted On February 22nd,2021
Create the perfect CV in six steps:
1. Cut the fluff
Keep your CV up to date, especially with your most recent achievements, and make sure it’s clear and concise by including only relevant information.
List your experience in chronological order and, although it may be tempting, do not leave noticeable gaps. Be honest about what you were doing at the time, but present things as positively as possible. If you try to hide or gloss over something, a potential employer will probably pick up on it.
2. One size doesn’t fit all
Stand out from the crowd by researching exactly what the position entails and then customize your CV to show how you have those traits. Be specific and show how interested you are in the position by doing a little extra work. The hiring committee will appreciate it. Highlight particular skills, experiences, and attributes that you think the organization will be looking for. To tailor your CV for a specific job, you may have to change a few words and phrases here and there, but the time taken can be worth it.
3. Talk the talk
Shine lots of light on your good qualities and relevant skills, leaving out all negativity. Look for keywords on the company’s advertisement or job description, and use them in your CV. You can also demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of your chosen profession by using relevant terminology, but beware of using too much jargon. Try to show competence, not arrogance.
4. Write it right
One mistake on your CV could be all it takes for it to be tossed away. Use a spellchecker, re-read it, and, if possible, ask someone else to double-check.
You have a very short time to make the best impression, so keep your language short and concise. Use powerful verbs such as achieved, developed, and strengthened, which emphasize your achievements.
5. Chop it up into chunks
Use bullets, short paragraphs, and note form, with a clear, logical layout, and just the relevant information to make it easy for the potential employer to read. When you do this, you will have a much greater chance of interview.
6. Look the part
Employers see hundreds of CVs, so you may be tempted to add a creative flair to yours, thinking it will stand out. Well, it will, but for the wrong reasons. Using lots of different fonts and styles may look more amateur than professional, and what looks good to you could be less appealing to someone else.
Use a professional, clean, clear font, all in the same size, with bold emphasis on headings and sub-headings. Leave white space around the text to make the layout easy on the eye. Print on good quality, plain white paper. And most of all, try to keep it to a maximum of two pages. Employers just haven’t got time to read lengthy documents.
Remember, some employers may spend as little as 45 seconds skimming a CV before branding it “no way”, “maybe” or “potential”. Take some time creating your CV so you fall into the “potential” category that will gain a second glance! For more go Here
This video teaches you how to write a powerful CV. For more tips and information about how to prepare for your career after university go to http://www.uu.nl/careerservices.