How to write a CV

How to write a CV

Publicated on Mar 23, 2015 - Give your opinion

Your CV accompanies your cover letter when applying for a job. It gives the recruiter a first impression of you and your personality. It thus very important to write it carefully. It is the first step towards a job interview. So, your CV must be faithful to your past academic and professional experience as well as your personal experiences.

When applying for your first job, tips to write a good CV is what you need.

Your CV must then be clear, organised and without any spelling mistake. It is something the recruiter will not miss. Write it carefully and have someone read it before you send it.

Do not forget that your CV is a tool to help you get the job you are applying for. To discover how to write the perfect CV, register on digiSchool Documents and download this methodology document for free.

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A CV can be used for both speculative applications and specific job applications. It should be noted however that some companies prefer to use their own application form instead. [...]

  1. Layout
  2. Recruiters often receive hundreds of CVs for only one vacancy. It is therefore essential that your CV is [...]
    • Personal Details
    Your CV should begin with personal details. This includes your name, address, telephone number and email address. If your usual email address is “fun”, create another which gives a more professional image. [...]
    • Education and qualifications
    As a graduate or school leaver you would then give information on your education and qualifications in reverse chronological order i.e. the most recent things first [...]
    • Work experience
    This would include any paid and voluntary work you have carried out and can really set you apart from other applicants. Use the job advertisement to find key words and try to incorporate them into your work experience. [...]
    • Skills
    This section is mainly used to highlight your computer skills and any foreign languages you speak. It is useful to give an idea of your level [...]
    • Interests
    This section shows the employer what kind of person you are outside of work. Although you don’t want to go into too much detail here, you can use your hobbies as a selling point [...]
    • References
    Where possible, try to have both an academic reference (a teacher, tutor or lecturer) and a professional reference (from a recent employer or, in the case of voluntary work, a supervisor). [...]
  3. What makes a good CV ?
  4. Unfortunately there is no correct answer to this question as it is very subjective. Don’t be afraid however to ask a couple of people you trust to have a look over your CV and give their opinion. You can also ask a career advisor for help.
  5. Mistakes to avoid
    • Spelling mistakes
    Many recruiters will simply discard any CV which has a spelling mistake. If you can’t be bothered making sure that your CV is correct, they assume that you are sloppy and therefore will not be an asset to their company. [...]
    • Non-conformity
    If the job advertisement specifically requests a one page CV, don’t send two. If they ask for references, makes sure you give them.
    • Lying
    You are aiming to elaborate on your skill set, not invent it. There is no point in saying you play tennis if you took lessons for a year when you were five years old but haven’t touched a racquet since.
    • No interests or achievements
    Even if you are a straight “A” student and got a first class honours degree, if you have no outside interests any potential employer is going to think twice about offering you a job.
    • Not relevant to the job
    As previously mentioned, a standard CV is OK to cover the same kind of job with various companies however tailored CVs are required when you are applying for different kinds of job. A simple change in wording here and there can be enough to make a huge difference.
  6. Sending a CV
  7. Many companies prefer to receive CVs by email. An address will usually be given in the job advertisement. When sending an email, be sure to give a subject e.g. Application for the sales job you have advertised. This should help prevent your mail being treated as spam.
  8. Applying for a job outside of the UK
  9. Do not assume that you can simply translate the English version of your CV. Do some research into what is acceptable in the country in which you wish to work. Where a two page CV is acceptable in the UK, in many other countries it should be limited to just one page.
  10. Posting CVs online
  11. Sites such as Linkedln are becoming more and more popular with both candidates and recruiters. Be very careful when posting a CV online. Such CVs should not contain personal information such as [...]

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