CV Tips

Writing your CV can be a gruelling task if you don’t have any tips and techniques to use along the way. Although a professionally written résumé is the best way to go, many people like taking the task on themselves. However, there is a long list of CV dos and CV don’ts to employ.

As a general rule of thumb, if you’re having trouble writing your CV, then it’s best if you don’t turn it in. A résumé should be relatively easy to write with the right template. So if it’s giving you trouble, it will most likely show through to the reader. See if a few tips can help your CV writing move right along.

The Good

  • Always write succinct (to the point) sentences that are reader-friendly
  • Don’t get carried away with the text. Use the standard Arial or Times New Roman 12-point text, and never use bold colours or graphics
  • If you’re into media and creative design, it is best to include a portfolio. But this should be kept separate from you CV.
  • If you’re using a spell-checker program, put it down. You want to read over the text yourself. Thoroughly inspect the text as your write. When you’re done with one section, read over the entire CV, and then twice more upon completion. Spell check the CV after reviewing it carefully
  • All employment information should be congruent. Make sure dates, times and names all match up
  • Make your career achievements the showcase. Use action words and positive language to write your CV
  • List all factual information pertaining to your work experience, i.e. awards, recognition, memberships, relevant training, other skills, etc
  • If you make any claim, follow it up with a thorough and accurate example / evidence
  • All CVs should be honest, accurate, and two pages at a maximum
  • Write more towards what you can do for the employer at hand, rather than what you’ve done in the past. Meld your past experiences into future success and let the reader be aware of it
  • Always have someone else read over your CV, ideally a professional in your job sector

The Bad

  • Never put irrelevant information, such as personal details, first
  • Don’t put a date on your CV
  • The reader doesn’t need to know why you left your last job
  • Never, ever print information that isn’t factual
  • Don’t mention anything about salary
  • Don’t list all you hobbies and interests
  • You shouldn’t list any negative information about yourself or others on your CV

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