Article – Writing an Effective CV

Land that Dream Job: Tips on Writing an Effective CV!

If you’ve found your dream job, and are looking to apply for it, you must have an effective CV. Your CV is your chance to show a potential employee why you are qualified for the job. A CV lists all of your best qualities, your skills, and most importantly, your previous experience.

Format your CV / Resume Properly and Avoid Errors

Prospective employers want to see neat, well laid out CVs, which don’t contain any errors. If your resume is laid out badly, it makes it difficult to read, and if there are a vast number of candidates going for the job, the hiring manager won’t take the time to read a messy CV. Make sure that the CV is easy to read. Leave spaces between sections, and use subheadings and bullet points when possible. Also, it may seem obvious, but make sure you proofread your CV. Make sure the CV is presented well too. Use the best stationery you can and ensure that it looks good to the employer.

Know what your Potential Employer is looking For

When applying for a job, many people make the mistake of sending out a resume, which is too generic. Before you even begin to write your CV, you should do some research into the company, and what the job position you are applying to will entail. Also, ensure that you look at the job advertisement for the position you are applying for carefully. Look to see exactly what the job ad asks for.

By doing this research, you can get a better idea of what your potential employer is looking for, and this means that you can tailor your CV to fit what that employer is looking for, and to meet their requirements. You need to always keep your employers requirements in mind when crafting your CV.

Don’t be Vague: Elaborate

When people are writing their CV, they are often too vague when listing their skills, experiences and qualities. For example, many people, when talking about their past jobs, simply state their position and the name of the company. They then basically write a vague paragraph of what their job in that position entailed. The problem with doing this is that it is far too vague. You need to say not just want your role was, but detail your specific accomplishments and responsibilities in that role.

People are also too vague when listing their skills and qualities. Do not just list your qualities, but explain how you have displayed these qualities in the work place. You should also do the same with your skills.