Writing A Successful CV Before Applying

29th November 2012

In the current economy, there are hundreds if not thousands of applicants for the sought after jobs. How do you make yourself stand out with professionalism and personality, against all of the other CVs in an employer’s pile?

Designing a great template is the key to achieving the success you crave, though there is no perfect face set for a CV. Whilst you can find yourself some good ideas online, you want to avoid the generic templates and customise them to your own. Experts suggest that there are some basic rules which should be adhered to.

Ensuring that your CV is neat and clean, computer typed and easy to understand is very important. Try to keep it below two sides of A4 paper and maintain a positive tone throughout, exercising strengths and achievements.

Some things to be included consist of:
• Personal details and contact details. Don’t worry about your date of birth.
• Employment history, beginning with your most recent job. Ensure to include accurate dates and don’t forget any temporary or voluntary employment.
• An ‘About Me’ section which sells yourself. Include your best qualities and cater them to the position you’re hoping to achieve.
• Employment achievements.
• Qualifications and training.
• Personal interests, cater these toward the job you’re applying for.
• Information such as reasons for seeking a new job, explanations for employment gaps.
• References, including a recent employer.

One of the most important things is your grammar and spelling, erring here is one of the fastest ways to getting your CV passed over. Target your CV to the job you’re applying for, if you need to then make sure you have a variety of CVs for a variety of different sectors.


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