Do you dream of writing an outstanding CV? Are you convinced that a well-written CV can make all the difference between being put forward for an interview or not? No matter how perfect you think you are for a position, you will never be able to write the outstanding cover letter for yourself unless you get that very important interview in the first place. As such, your CV is the most important paper you can write when seeking for a job position. Here is the list of tips proven by 14 500 successful graduates from US universities.
- Keep it as short as you can
Nobody likes to spend a lot of time reading strangers’ resumes. Your CV may include information about every job or course you’ve ever done but try to keep it two to three pages long. Your future employer mainly wants to know if you are able to do the job.
Your CV should include:
- your contact details
- work experience that is relevant to the job you want
- your skills that are relevant to the job.
You can use various online CV templates or CV-writing tool, CV Builder, to help you write your own CV.
- Tell the truth
Have you heard of those people lying on their CV, right? Don’t do this! Stop! Blatant lies on your CV can bring you a whole heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking your previous job places. The last thing you want is to start a new job and then lose it for being not honest. You also may get caught out at the interview stage when you suddenly can’t answer questions on what you assert to know. And that can be really awkward!
- Make it look amazing
We live in a world where image means everything, and that also applies for your CV. Take some time to customize it. Use bullet points and keep sentences short. Consider the graphic design trick of leaving plenty of white space around text and between categories to make the layout easy on the eye. Many different online builders can help you with creating a beautiful CV.
- Don’t forget the references
Try to collect testimonials from your previous jobs. Your references should be from someone who has employed you in the past and can prove your skills and experience. No worries if you’ve never worked before! It is absolutely OK to use a teacher or a tutor as your referee. Try to include both of them if you can.
- There is no way to be shy
When describing your skills, don’t just make a list – ensure that you give proper examples of where you’ve applied each skill.
State what you did, the setting in which the activity was carried out and what occurred in the end.
Customer service skills – managed a busy supermarket and 3 times achieved a 92% grading during the annual mystery shopper survey.
Think of your CV as a short way of describing yourself, rather than a long university essay. Ask yourself while writing – would I read this to the end to find out why should I hire him?