Everybody talks about how important a good CV is but how do you define good?
Clearly a good track record with excellent references is key, but so is the way it is put together.
- Take the time to do a personalized covering letter for each company
- Set it up as a standard with some career highlights
- Align some of your skills with their requirements as per their job specification
- It takes time, but personalise your cv for every opportunity
- It’s not a complete rewrite
- Highlight the skills that are most relevant to the position you are applying for
- Bullet points and short paragraphs are easy to read
- Place your most current employment first
- Check that your references are available
- Include special interests, achievements and leadership outside of business, (charity and industry bodies)
- Read it carefully and run spelling/grammar checks
- Get an objective person to read it, if possible
- A photo can be good, my preference is at the back with the references, but this is subjective
- Attach copies of:
- letters of commendation, if available
- leadership roles you have undertaken
- Academic certificates
- Work achievements
Easy to Read
When you are sifting through hundreds of cvs every day, your eyes automatically focus on stand out items.
Skim reading is assisted by:
- Highlighted words
- Short sentences
- One standard font
- Significant facts in the upper middle of the first page
It still needs to make sense and cover critical points, while packing a punch.
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