Writing a good CV can be one of the biggest challenges when searching for a (new) job.
Most employers will only scan through your CV before sticking it to the “yes” or “no” pile, so it’s extra important to make your CV stand out from the rest.
That’s why we decided to offer you a few tips on how to write a good CV to help you secure that dream job of yours!
How To Write A Good Professional CV?
1. Keep It Short & Sweet
On average, an employer will spend no more than 8 seconds looking at your resume. That’s why your CV shouldn’t be more than two pages long; we even recommend sticking to only one page.
Keep it punchy, to the point and save all the little details about all your experience for the next stages of the recruitment process.
2. Clear Contact Information
Include your e-mail address, phone number, physical address and social media profiles (at least LinkedIn, if you want to keep some other ones private).
Make it easy for the recruiter to access this information fast and easy in case they want to contact you with additional questions or updates.
3. Keep It Up To Date
You should keep your CV up to date at all times, whether you’re looking for a new job or not. Try to keep track of your important projects, so you don’t forget about them after a while.
4. Adjust Your CV
We’ve all done it! Sent out the same CV to different positions in several companies.
We understand it can be time-consuming to adjust your CV for every single position you are applying for, however, it can make a huge difference for you in the recruitment process.
That’s why you should make sure to research a company and point out only the skills that would be useful when in that position.
5. Don’t Leave Gaps
Communicate all your roles and responsibilities in a clear and honest way. Did you go travelling around the globe for a year, or took some months off to work on your mental health?
Include all this information on your resume, along with what you’ve learnt and the skills you gained. In a short way, of course.
6. Proofread, proofread, proofread!
Spelling errors or grammatical mistakes can make you look sloppy or even unprofessional and to be honest, sometimes an employer will dismiss your CV just because they find such mistakes – even if your skillset matches the job perfectly.
Make sure to proofread your resume a few times before sending it out, and if necessary, use online checkers or even ask another person if they can take a look at what you’ve written.
7. Include Your Hobbies
Yes, of course, the employers will be most interested in your professional and technical skills, but getting to know your personality a bit more is also beneficial.
Do you have any special hobbies you like to do when you’re not working? Do you like to surf, produce music or give maths lessons to high school students?
Include some of that info as well and show what you like to do in your free time.
8. Tell The Truth
This one should be given, but still…. A lie has no legs and saying things that are not true on your CV will not help you in the long run as the employers will most probably do a background check on you. Or, they might ask you some very specific questions during the interview which you might not know the exact answer for.
9. Make It Keyword Friendly
Keywords are actually more important than you might think, especially if you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site where the recruits can find you. Make sure to include relevant job titles and buzzwords that will help the engines pick out your CV faster.
10. Make It Look Awesome!
Last but not least – make your resume look awesome! There’s plenty of free tools out there which offer amazing, easy to use CV templates. One of our favourite ones for CV creation would be Canva, so make sure to check them out.
Forget about plain documents – humans are visual beings, so nicely designed CVs are definitely more interesting to the recruiter’s eyes than we might think.
Here you go, these are our top 10 tips on how to write a good CV that will hopefully help you land the job you want.
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