Typing out your very first CV is a daunting task. Not only will you be a little sceptical as to what it should include, you will probably have little or no experience to write about, but don’t panic! CV writing is easy once you get started. Here’s what we recommend:
Demonstrate your own professionalism
You might be the most organised, smartly dressed and enthusiastic candidate at the interview, but the employer will never know that if your CV doesn’t mirror your face-to-face professionalism.
The email address featured on your CV, or the one you apply with, should be of a professional nature. Avoid using your year of birth and additional characters such as ‘email@example.com’. An email address using your first name and surname is much more appropriate, for example ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.
Keep it simple
Despite what you may think, your CV doesn’t need to be fancy to make a good first impression. Not only will a carefully crafted CV demonstrate your professionalism, it will appeal to employers more than adding swirly text, using too-big a font size and adding a pretty boarder. Stick to easy-to-read fonts such as Arial, Calibri or Cambria and ensure it is no bigger than font size 12 but no smaller than 10.
Don’t follow the crowd
Employers scan read hundreds, if not thousands, of applications a day between them so you need to make yours STAND OUT! Avoid using phrases such as ‘hard working’, ‘team player’ and ‘problem-solving skills’. Keep it short, concise and to the point by pointing out specific systems you have used, markets you have worked in and achievements.
It’s eazy easy to make mistakes
Spelling and grammatical errors in your CV are a big turn-off for employers. Check it yourself, before getting a friend or relative to. You may even decide to get your current employer, teacher or tutor to check it on your behalf and provide you with useful feedback to enhance your chance of securing the job.
Update your resume regularly
Keeping your resume updated will not only benefit you, but your career potential. Documenting employer-worthy details as they happen will ensure you cover the basics, and the additions to help you be noticed. Then, when searching for a job in the future, you won’t have to spend hours racking your brain thinking about what awards you received or projects you managed because you’ll already have the hard facts in front of you. All that will be required is to decide what is and isn’t relevant to include.
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