Congratulations for taking the first towards landing yourself a job. Your choice to write your CV is a good sign. Anyone can write a CV but it’s not a CV that’s going to get you a job. However, a great CV will do this. From my own experience the more effort you put in into your CV the more likely you are to get a response. Treat the creation of your CV like it is an art work -your Mona Lisa- your greatest work, something that you are going to be proud of when you are finished.
My first piece of advice may seem obvious however it’s an essential thing to know. Your CV should not be more than two A4 pages. I repeat no more than two A4 pages! This is because Employers spend an average of about 8 seconds looking at one CV. So, use this time wisely.
Keep it short and to the point. So it doesn’t become just another boring CV in a pile of CVs they have read.
Secondly, I would say tailor your CV to your target audience. Just like with any form of communication, a successful message works well when it’s specifically tailored for the audience. So take time to do some research on your future employer and use the job advert as guide to what skills you should point out to them.
Thirdly, include a personal statement. This tells the employer why you are the best candidate for the role. You need to show them how your experience fits the role. A personal statement also allows you the opportunity to standout by showcasing what makes you individual.
The forth thing you should do is or rather shouldn’t do is leave gaps. Leaving gaps sends out a warning signal to employers and serves as a red flag which immediately makes employers suspicious. As the CV is the only information they have on you they may not give you the benefit of the doubt. If you have been out of work try and find ways to put a spin on that by letting them know if you have volunteered or developed a new skill. Make sure you mention it!
The Fifth thing to do is to keep it updated. Whenever something significant in our career happens include it in your CV.
The sixth thing you should do is proof read your CV. As spelling errors are an atomic turn off for employers. So make sure you spellcheck your CV and when you’re done get someone else to proof read your CV. When you sure it’s perfect proofread it again. Success’ best friend is perfection. Remember this is your Mona Lisa!
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The seventh thing you must do is tell truth, be honest with yourself and with your future employer. Lying may cost you your dream job as when it’s time for references and background checks your employers will do their research about you. You may also make a fool of yourself during the interview stage as when you are asked to back up a point you have made in your CV cannot be done because you lied .
Last but not least, make your CV look good. Image will always be everything. Be bold, make your CV exciting to look at. Use bullet points or a interesting template however take caution and keep it professional unless you are applying for a job as graphic designer or an artist of some sort. I would suggest you keep it professional looking.
Lastly make sure you mention some keywords (jargon) often used in the industry you applying for.
Written by Itayi Mushambadope.