Tips On Writing Style for Your CV

These tips below are to help everyone write a more presentable CV. You might find it useful to print them out so you can reference them while you write.

  • Take time to write well
    Make sentences and descriptions interesting, and compelling rather than being dull and unimpressive. Vary your sentence structure and vocabulary. The idea is to make the sentences and description honest yet impressive.
  • Appearance counts
    Check everything you enter into your CV for typo’s grammatical errors and spelling errors. You can do this easily by copying the text into a word processor and running a spelling and grammar check on your work. Employers reject CVs that contain poor language and other such errors
  • Read it through
    Once you have finished updating your CV go and view it and read it through carefully to check what you have entered is error free
  • Use the correct language
    For example: If you are intelligent write in an intelligent way. If you are going for powerful high flying jobs, write in an imposing way
  • Key words
    If your area of employment has key or specialized words used to describe aspects of the work then make sure you use these words in your CV. This makes it easier for the reader to summarize your skills as they read
  • Use numbers not words
    “4500″ has more impact and is easier to interpret than “four thousand five hundred”. Where possible be precise rather than using generalizations or vague statements.

Tips on what to put in your CV ( and what to leave out):

  • Tell the truth
    It is not difficult for an employer to do background checks, if you are applying for an important position it may even be standard practice. New services are available to employers these days whereby they can have a personal investigator/ agency do a background check on any candidate they choose. Therefore, make sure the information you provide is accurate and truthful. Do not try to cover up certain aspects of your CV, as the consequences of being found out are always far worse than what you are trying to cover up. Be positive about your achievements, and be prepared to sell yourself. Make it clear why you are the best candidate for a job
  • No excuses
    Do not include the reasons for leaving a job in your employment history. If an employer really wants to know they will ask. Prospective employers do not expect to see reasons so will often think people making excuses have something to hide
  • Skills matter
    Draw attention to your skills and strengths as well as your qualifications – You can do this in the professional objectives section of your resume and also in the any other details section. You should definitely consider this approach if you are applying for jobs where you have no prior experience
  • Sell your skills
    Do not just state what skills you have but briefly explain why they are beneficial. Do not go into excessive detail, remember to be concise and to the point
  • Impress an employer
    Provide examples of how you solved problems existing within the workplace and what the beneficial results were
  • Your Objectives
    Do not underestimate the importance of the professional objectives section of a CV, it describes who you are and what you want.

Important finishing touches for the perfect CV:

These tips will help you write a more presentable CV. You might find it useful to print them out so you can reference them while you write.

  • Be selective
    It can be acceptable to leave out details of some past employment if the experience it gave you was not relevant to your current job application. Be careful not to actively hide information from potential employers, if asked tell them
  • Be relevant
    Include relevant and recent experience or achievements. You may have to leave out other less relevant experience, but your resume will be more concise and easier to read. Remember, the person reading your resume is pressed for time
  • Correctly prioritize your CV
    Use the controls provided within the any online recruiting website to ensure that important information is placed towards the top of your CV. If you are applying for a particular area, target your resume specifically at this area. Where you are applying in paper form, then again make sure that your resume is complete and follows the correct format
  • Proof
    Give evidence to support claims about skills, abilities or achievements wherever possible. One may provide certificates, awards, results, transcripts, and so on to support there claims about their skills, abilities and achievements
  • Location
    Employers in USA do not like resumes which contain personal information, for example hobbies, race, age or marital status. In the UK most employers do like to see information about your hobbies. Therefore, be aware of what is required for where you live and your type of job. In some cases employers cannot legally require certain information from you, use this to your advantage
  • Audience
    Do not distribute your CV to people who will not be interested in it. Send to your existing network of friends, colleagues and ask others to help. However, be grateful to them and take the time to work along with them when they try to help you. Do not simply expect them to do everything for you. One must remember, you are marketing yourself and therefore, your CV should be about you.

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