I wonder sometimes whether we appreciate the importance of having a professional and well-
It amazes me that there are still job applicants that think it is okay to just send the standard old CV to each and every job they apply for. Out of all the CV’s that pass my desk, 99% of them are usually written in the same old conventional way with the same four headers/categories: Personal Details, Education, Work Experience, and Hobbies. Who has time to carefully scrutinise hundreds of CV’s if they all look like they have been mass-
If I am looking to fill a vacancy and I need to look at every CV, chances are that I will discard all those that don’t grasp my attention in the first 5 seconds. In all probability I will bin yours as well, because I don’t have time to look through your CV in the hope that you have something special to offer. Your CV is the only tool that will “market” you and it is the only key that will open the door to that first interview. If it is not professionally presented whilst at the same time clearly distinguishing you from the other applicants you are in all probability wasting your time in applying.
You can’t rely on a third-
The Do’s of Writing a CV:
- Always include a personal profile.
- Emphasise your skills and qualities.
- Correct all typographical, grammatical and spelling errors.
- Target your qualifications.
- Include your employment-
- Clearly communicate your purpose, value offering, and career objective to prospective employers.
- Maintain eye-
appealing visual appearance.
- Use basic fonts such as Arial or Calibri.
- Always include a cover letter when mailing or emailing a CV.
- K – I – S – S (Keep It Simple and Smile).
- Use a professional email address and remember to include your contact details. Do not use the email address that you created when you were in Varsity, e.g. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Don’t of Writing a CV:
- Don’t staple of fold you CV.
- Don’t eat or drink over your CV.
- Don’t use abbreviations or industry “jargon”.
- Don’t use personal pronouns such as “I” to refer to yourself.
- Don’t use fancy binders or exotic paper.
- Don’t mention salary expectations.
- Don’t use the title “resume”.
- Don’t include references on your CV.
- Don’t include hobbies or social interests unless they contribute to your career objective.
- Don’t use repetitive statements.