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How to Write a Killer CV
Posted on: November 21st, 2012
A good CV is the key to improving your future job prospects. Many employers receive hundreds of CVs in reply to just one job advert, so it makes sense to tip the odds in your favour as much as you can. It doesn’t matter what the job is: the most important thing is to ensure your CV is a killer and it gets the attention for all the right reasons.
Here are some tips on how to make sure your CV is the best that it can possibly be.
Keep it short
If your CV goes on beyond two pages, you can assume it will not be read. Most employers don’t have time to read anything that long, and even if it is worth reading the size of it will put them off.
List your skills on the first page
The first thing someone will want to know is whether or not you will be able to do the job they are hiring for. Keep this in mind when you provide a bullet pointed list of skills for the employer to read. Bullet points keep it easy to scan and increase your chances of getting through the first stage of the evaluation.
Tailor your CV to the specific job you are applying for
Don’t create a standard CV. Create one you can work from, for your own use only, but edit it and adjust it for every job you apply for. It takes longer but it will be far more likely to get the good results you are looking for. Look at the job advert and see what they are looking for, then write your CV so you match all of those skills and requirements.
Use positive language
The language you use will depend on the industry and job you are applying for. However, when you provide a small single paragraph profile of yourself, make sure the language is positive. For instance, if you are a teacher you could say you have x number of years experience in teaching and supporting the age group you work with. You could also mention you are looking for another rewarding and exciting opportunity to work with and support a new class of pupils eager to learn in a new school. You get the idea.
Make sure there are no mistakes!
It might sound obvious but if you mistype your phone number they won’t be able to get hold of you even if they are interested in your CV. Double check everything on two separate occasions to ensure no errors slip through. If you are at all unsure, get someone else to check it as well.
The main thing to remember is that the best CVs give the employers the information they are looking for on the front page. If your CV is two pages long there is no guarantee they will ever look at page two. Keep the most important aspects on page one, and if they get further you know they are interested in you as a candidate.