Writing a strong CV that will get you in front of interviewers is one of the things that will help you accelerate your career. Even if you are not actively job-hunting it is a good idea to always have a draft CV that you update regularly with quantifiable achievements. Then when you need one it is just a matter of tidying up and finishing off.
Make sure your CV is typed and that you have checked font, formatting, grammar and spelling. Make sure it is concise, no more than 2 pages and that it contains no unnecessary information.
Spend some time researching the job and the company, then tailor the CV to the job specification, or advertisement, using their keywords. Outline the specific skills you have to offer the employer, and the experience you have in the specific field.
Step back for a moment and remember that the recipient of the CV has never met you, does not know you and does not know why you are a perfect fit for the job. So imagine you have 60 seconds to convince them-what would you say? Does your CV give them that information on a plate, so they don’t have to go searching for it in the depths of your CV?
Ensure the CV specifically demonstrates that you have an understanding of the job requirements and meet the job description. It should also highlight that you’re the right match for the job and have appropriate personal qualities for the role
Check that the CV gives an upbeat impression of you, make sure that it highlights your achievements and showcases your strong points.
The personal profile is the ideal place to sell yourself and your qualities and emphasise your fit with the job.
Quantify your significant achievements, again focusing on the value you will be able to add in this position.
Use Power words to accentuate your achievements. “Drove a sales increase of 10% “is more powerful than “sales increased by 10%”.
And finally, make your application stand out by crafting a tailored cover letter to the correct person.
Quick Facts: CV writing checklist
- Make sure your CV is typed and that you have you checked font, formatting, grammar and spelling. Check it is concise, no more than 2 pages and contains no unnecessary information.
- Have you tailored the CV to the job specification and used keywords?
- Have you outlined specific skills you have to offer the employer, and experience you have in the specific field?
- Does the CV specifically demonstrate that you have an understanding of the job
Requirements and meet the job description?
- Does it highlight that you’re the right match for the job and have appropriate personal qualities for the role?
- Is it positive, stressing achievements and strengths? Does it make a good impression in a clear and positive way?
- Does the personal profile sell yourself and your qualities?
- Have you quantified your significant achievements?
- Have you used Power words?
- Have you written a tailored covering letter?