The CV writing tips to follow will show you how to improve your CV (Curriculum Vitae) & help your CV writing.
Your CV (Curriculum Vitae) should make an employer want to meet you in person. Your CV is your first step to getting the job that you really want. Most employers review a CV in 5-10 seconds, then move on to the next CV.
- Your CV must reflect the image that matches the salary you are seeking.
- Remove anything that says “responsibilities …” and add achievements and/ or accomplishments.
- Your strengths need to clearly stand out at the start of your CV.
- Include numerical figures to highlight your achievements, such as money saved, % improved, 5 of wasted eliminated, time saved… etc.
- Use the present tense for current positions.
- Use the past tense for previous positions.
- Highlight your major strengths.
- Use bulleted sentences instead of using sentences in paragraphs.
- Never use “I” or other pronouns in your CV.
- Fill in any gaps, by inserting any valuable work that you did, i.e., volunteer, full-time student, full-time parent or carer for elderly parent.
- If you’re short on experience in a certain area, list key classes you have taken &/ or explain how the experience you do have is suited to the employer’s needs. You can also indicate that you are familiar with or that you know how to do this or that (obviously this is not as strong as specific experience).
- If your job title doesn’t cover your responsibilities & achievements, you can add in the description immediately underneath the title further explanations such as: was acting factory manager for several months or also managed the xyz branch while the branch manager was on maternity leave (only where applicable).
- Your CV must reflect that you are positive.
- Highlight transferable experience and skills where applicable.
- Begin sentences with Strong Action Verbs & Phrases.
- Be descriptive.
- Emphasis the ability to learn quickly.
- Pay attention to the overall appearance of your CV & ensure there is adequate spaces & also sufficient white background space.
- Avoid all abbreviations.
- Proofread your CV several times to ensure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes.
What not to include in your CV:
Don’t include any of the following, unless it is relevant to the position you are applying to:
- Don’t include marital status, health, citizenship, age (unless asked to do so or it is obvious that it would help your application).
- Don’t include “Hobbies” on your CV.
- Don’t include ethnic background or religious affiliations
- Don’t include current or past pay rate or salary (or salary expectations). Delay this as much as possible.