There is no one right answer when it come to creating a great CV, but there are plenty of things you can do to ensure yours’ doesn’t end up in the trash pile. DYWAJ have come up with three excellent tips for writing your CV that will make sure employers simply won’t be able to get enough of you.
CV, or Curriculum Vitae, might be Latin for ‘the story of one’s life’ but it should in fact represent the opposite
Your CV should be written in a similar style to that of a brochure that is selling a product. When writing your CV, you are the product you want to sell. So, rather than telling your potential employer everything there is to know about you since your life began, you should write your CV with the intention of raising enough interest that you are invited for an interview. So, stick to telling them what is important about yourself in relation for the job you are applying for.
Keep in mind that the recruiter will simply skim over your CV and is likely to only actually read the first page. First impressions count and after about 20 seconds, the recruiter will already decide to either:
· Continue to read the next page
· Accept you in for an interview without even having to know anything else
· Simply bin your CV and move onto the next
I think I know which option I’d prefer! Which brings us onto our next point…
Keep track of how many pages you are taking up
Although it seems brutal, employers aren’t hugely interested in what you have done prior to this prospective role and if they tell you they are interested then they are probably lying!
They are much more interested in your potential capability with the job role at hand and want to be able to see this within two pages.
DYWAJ suggest that you note down all the points about yourself as well as your previous experience. You should then pick out only the most relevant points to put into your CV, preferably into bullet points. If the employer has any further questions then you can be sure that they’ll ask in your interview.
You should portray exactly how you will be of benefit to the company and their clients
A good CV will portray how you as the candidate will deliver value to the company. Think of it this way; the employer is paying you to help them, not the other way around! So, try to avoid telling the employer what you would want out of the position and focus instead on what you will do for them. If they need to know additional information they will ask you in your interview. So, only show your most relevant skills and experience and comment on how these skills will be an advantage to anyone hiring you.
Once you have written your CV with the help of DYWAJ’s top secrets, simply upload your CV to our directory!