CV Writing Tips

When applying for a new job, first impression is crucially important. In most cases, the first impression is your CV. If your CV is designed correctly, it sells your qualifications, skills and achievements to a potential employer and informs them of your employment history.

A good CV gives a potential employer a snapshot of you, your experience and relevant skills, leaving them curious and wanting to know more about you and what you could bring to their organisation at interview stage. Your CV should be:

  • Accurate.
  • Easy to read.
  • Relevant to the position for which you are applying.

Suggested CV Structure

1. Personal Details
Name, address, contact details. There is no obligation to put in details such as marital status, date of birth although you can if you wish.

2. Personal profile
A brief description of you in 4-5 lines.

Start with a personal bio that reflects you and what you have to offer. It should showcase your relevant experience & competencies. It should be told in your voice and should not use industry jargon. This is a good opportunity to capture the reader’s attention and encourage them to keep reading your CV.

3. Career to date
Feature your company, your role title and the exact period of time you worked there. We recommend you highlight your top three to four areas of responsibility in your past positions and then highlight beneath them your key achievements in each position. Give more weight to your recent experience & achievements.

  • Highlight the key areas of responsibility in each of your roles
  • Separating out your achievements will help them stand out to the reader, who may have to read numerous CVs to determine a short list. Your achievements should be very commercial, very results-oriented. How did you make a difference? Achievements should be factual, measurable and quantifiable. Demonstrate how you drove market share, sales volume or value, profit.
  • Bring out what you owned in your role, what you were responsible for and where you added value.
  • It can be useful to provide top line information on your company, without divulging confidential information.
  • Your CV should demonstrate career progression where possible.

Interview Tips:

If you are successful in securing an interview, these following tips might help you in preparing for the interview. From experience, the more you prepare for interviews, the better they go.

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These interview tips were sourced from www.monster.com

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