In the process of job hunting, the number one item you need is a CV. It's going to be the key to gaining that role; however, you're most likely in a pool of many more candidates. A sheet of paper with a few scribbles on it isn't going to make the employer choose you, that's why you need to know how to write a CV.
We're going to outline the "Do's & Dont's" of CV writing for you. Based on experience from receiving thousands over the years and what employers comment positively and negatively on. Letting you know how to stand out from the crowd and not to make any embarrassing mistakes.
- Personal Details - You may be thinking "Obviously?", yet you would be surprised at the number of candidates that forget or simply don't include their address, phone number, email, and name! Remember to include this formation on any additional pages you submit.
- Personal Statement - Keep this in one concise paragraph while tailoring it to the position you are applying for. You should include achievements and aspirations. This shows the employer that your application isn't just another generic CV.
- Work Experience - Leave out the irrelevant information and include experience relating to the position you're applying for. The employer is looking for a candidate with the skills needed for the role. Your newspaper round from however many years ago won't help.
- Achievements - Use this space to refer to how your experience has helped you gain to make you a suitable candidate. Give precise examples of how you helped your last business; for example, "Within the first three months I raised engagement across all social media by 150%". Then make it clear how you will apply these skills if given the job.
- Interests and Hobbies - Although it isn't necessary to include these, it does add a sense of personality to your CV and helps with standing out. However, don't include one line trivial such as "I like playing football". This adds no value to your CV, always include interests and hobbies that relate directly to the role you're applying for.
- Lie - Employers have ways of finding out and won't need weeks to realise you aren't as experienced as you stated.
- Irrelevant Personal Information - Employers are not legally allowed to deny your application based on age, ethnicity, health status. However, this is no way of knowing what caused the denied application. Also, never include a photo unless specifically requested!
- Forget to Attach a Cover Letter - This is your chance to expand on your skills and experience specificity for the role in mind. Use a covering letter to let the employer know why you are the one for this job!
- Handwrite your CV - It looks old-fashioned and unprofessional.
- Be Negative - Regardless of a previous unpleasant experience, it is unadvised to complain about a past employer. It leaves a bad taste and the new employer may be worried you will do the same to them.
By following these tips you will know how to write a professional cv and avoid embarrassing mistakes. You will also stand out to the employer as a potential new employee.
Creative CV Example
A professional Graphics and Animation Designer from New York blew open the classic CV template and instead decided to create his own game! What best way to show off your skills than by actually putting them to use in a practical form. Robby's creative idea blew up and is now recognised as one of the most well-known CV designs. Now you know how to write a CV you can put the examples to good use.
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