Writing a professional, interview landing CV can be tasking for those who don’t understand the right details to put in place when creating a Cv. We are all aware of the constant changes the labour market goes through constantly and in creating a cv one has to stand out in that approach.
Putting out a job vacancy can attract up to hundreds to thousands of job seekers so you don’t expect an hr with a lot of task at hand to start going through your poorly designed and written cv, no matter how qualified you are for the job imagine you are the recruiter and you have to review over 250 applications. Do you thoroughly read all of them? Of course, you don’t.
First, what is a CV?
A cv also known as resume depending on where you are from is a detailed list of specifications, summary of your education and employment experience.
There are two main types of CV
- Skill focused cv – useful for career changers, school leavers or people with gaps in work history
- Work focused cv – useful for showcasing work experience and for people progressing to the next stage in their career.
Recruiters take seconds to scan through a cv, if you make a good impression then you get the chance of having your cv read more closely.
To make your CV look good
- Use dark letters to make your wordings clear and easy to read
- Avoid double columns
- Ensure you have adequate spacings, do not I repeat do not attempt to squeeze too much information on a single page
- List your name, address, telephone number, and email at the top of the page. Make sur your name size is larger than the rest.
- Write a personal profile. It is optional but good for giving your reviewer an inadept look at you as a person.
- Create a section for education and qualification. List your education in a reverse chronological order, begin with university if you attended or are attending and work your way backward’ list the name of the university, dates, your course of study and your grade point.
- Create a section for your work experience. list the name of the company starting from the current, the location of the company, the number of years you worked there, what you did. Note if you have a long list of work experience only put the experience relevant to the job you are applying for.
- Next create a section for your skills and achievements. Here you list the things you accomplished at your previous jobs and the skills you have developed through your experiences.
- Have a section for your interest, make sure you point it at a positive light and be more specific on what you like doing not just listing them e.g. reading, swimming, sleeping. Instead reading helps me.
- You can have a section for other information’s and activities such as certain gaps in your cv and volunteers.
- Finally create a section for your references. These are people you have worked with such as past previous employees and professors not your friends and family as most people are guilty of, why you may ask? Well because the company you are applying to will contact these references, make sure to include their phone numbers and emails.
- Check your spellings and grammar!!
DON’T DO THE FOLLOWING
- Put a photo or image except requested
- Coloured or fancy fonts please it is a professional document
- Your date of birth or age
- A funny or rude email e.g. toosexytops@hotmail
- Work experience or interest that are not relevant to the job
- Lies about your experiences.
With these details you can land that coveted interview you crave for.