Whether you are a fresher or an experienced, anytime you switch to a new job, a CV (Curriculum Vitae) is your magical spell.
Serious applicants will invest time to write a perfect CV that shows, not all, but their flagships to prove that they qualify for the job.
On the other hand, many people still assume a CV should contain everything they got, things that employees don’t care.
So, how to write the best CV that will win? I’ve got tips from myself and many other successful candidates.
Role of the CV – Is it just a piece of paper?
A strong CV is your gateway to success when job hunting. It makes the first impression on anyone who views it.
If you fail writing a good CV, despite your qualities for the job, your paper will get beaten by other competitors.
Top tips for a powerful CV: How to write a CV
Here is a CV guide to help you get noticed by recruiters and land you plenty of job interviews.
Tips for a powerful CV via tim viec
Research before you write
Each company requires distinctive skills and knowledge. Researching will let you know the scope that employee is looking and give you clues to write the best fitting CV.
I’ve seen many applicants spreading one CV sheet to different employees.
This is not wise.
It would be hard to craft a CV if you don’t know what the requirements are.
So, before writing your CV, you should browse through lots of relevant job adverts, take note of the candidate requirements and make a list of them.
Only focus on hard skills. Write down your industry-specific skills, IT, languages, and qualifications.
Now you get your list of the in-demand skills for the target roles; you will know what exactly to focus your CV around.
Use a smart layout
What defines the overall outlook of a CV is its outline. It determines how the document will be read. You want to make your CV look flawlessly professional to impress the busy recruiters.
Next, format your CV to have clear and indicative navigation.
Stick to a clean and crisp font
Choose a basic color scheme, black text on a white background is best. Don’t be tempted to use fancy fonts and wacky color schemes in a bid of a standout. It could make the CV difficult to read.
Keep the right length
Your recruiter probably has limited time to read through every CV. That said, you don’t want to make it too long.
Although there is no set-in-stone rule for CV length, you want it to be no longer than two A4 pages. It should provide you enough space to tell you stories without boring readers.
Take advantage of Headings
Use bold headings to highlight sections of your CV. With clear navigation, your employee will know which part they should skip and which to pay more attention when skim reading.
How to structure a CV
- Personal information: Your name and contact info should sit on top of the CV
- Brief intro: Write a short paragraph saying your vision, mission, or summary of your abilities and aims. This helps grab the recruiter’s attention when the document is first opened.
- Core skills: Here is where you will put bullet points of your relevant skills provides a snapshot of your offerings as a candidate
- Experience: List your related working experience in reverse chronological order to showcase your ability
- Education and qualifications: This part should stand near the bottom of your CV
- Hobbies and interests: These are optional. Add them if you think they will add value to your applications
How to write for each section
To set a tone of the CV, you should add a professional title next to your name.
If you don’t have one, state the position of your previous work; or at least a Mr, Ms, or Mrs. Ideally, it should relate to the role you are applying for.
The only contact details you need to include are your email, phone number, and location. You don’t need to give your full address, date of birth, marital status, or a photo of yourself.
This first proper content is an introductory paragraph summarizes your skills, experience, and knowledge.
You will want to excite the recruiters and encourage them to continue reading the rest of your CV.
Besides what you have gained from past work, you should also include the benefits the previous employers have got from you.
Remember to keep the text short and sharp, pack it with the only necessary information, and avoid using cliché terms.
Split your most valuable attributes into 2 or 3 columns. Ideally, keep each point under 3 words so that the readers can digest these contents in seconds.
This will make sure your recruiters stick to the CV and don’t skip past it as too many words will bore them.
Keep in mind that you must tailor these points towards your target roles, including role-specific skills, qualification, industry knowledge, languages, and IT skills.
Prove the impact you made in the previous jobs in this list from oldest to latest. Stuff each part with more details of recent roles and less with older roles.
If you don’t have any experience with paid work, you can also add, voluntary roles, University work placements, part-time jobs, or an example where you contribute your capabilities.
For the rest of the CV, you can add relevant degrees or certifications that will support the hiring decision. Anything that may incorporate your application will make your CV stronger.
Write what they want to see, not all you have
Writing a CV may sound simple because a lot of people assume it’s a paper compiling everything one has. However, employers only care about what do you have to bring them benefits.
Maybe a successful job hunt starts with a good cover letter and a good curriculum vitae. So, stick to the rules to make your CV powerful and win as many as interviews when you apply for new jobs. Good luck!