How do you write a successful CV? How long should it be and what should it contain? These questions are best answered by remembering the reason you have a CV. A successful CV is one that wins you an interview, it makes you stand out from all the other applicants – you get on the shortlist. Get help with CV writing.

An effective CV must be accurate, brief and clear. It must also be very relevant to the job you apply for with a personalized covering email or letter. Here are 6 CV Writing tips:

Keep it short
Keep your CV limited to 2 or 3 pages, because it is faster for potential employers to read and forces you to present yourself using fewer words, more persuasively.

Make it clear
Your CV should be easy to read, for example:

    • Use short bullet points to describe your skills, knowledge and experience
    • Avoid long sentences and large paragraphs of text which deter people from reading the details, everyone is busy, respect their time
    • For each job you have held write down what you achieved and a short list of responsibilities, in easy-to- read “bullet” points. Employers are looking for what you will achieve for them; they will examine your CVs to see what you achieved for previous employers

Ensure it is complete
CVs need to be a legally accurate, full and complete record of your employment and qualifications:

    • No gaps - there should not be any unexplained gaps between jobs; they can easily lead to a potential employer rejecting your CV at the first screening.
    • List the employer’s name, the dates of employment, your job title and achievements
    • Make sure your phone number, address and email address are on your CV in a prominent position, making it easy to contact you

Make it relevant to the job being applied for
Many people are competing for jobs today:

    • Read the details of job adverts carefully, both the description of the main job content and the desired capabilities of the person required. Many agencies use key word matching software to compare whether words and phrases in your CV, application form and covering email match words and phrases they use in the job 'advert'. One way of ensuring that your CV and cover letter contains the most used key words and phrases is to use any one of many pieces of free web based word tools
    • Describe your achievements in your CV that match the main job requirements using similar or the same words used in the advert
    • Top three things that you have achieved, or knowledge you have that match the job requirements can be described in the first paragraph

Check it out
Finally always use both a spell checker and read it carefully – grammatical errors can slip past a spell checker and simply tell the reader you did not check the CV yourself. A trusted friend can help with CV writing as well.

Covering letters and emails
Create a short and compelling covering email or letter to use with your CV when applying for jobs:

    • Describe the job you are applying for and where you heard about the job
    • List 3 reasons why you feel your skills and experience match the job requirements
    • Give a reason why you are especially interested in the job and the organisation

If you found these CV writing tips helpful LET'S-BEGIN courses have more help with writing a CV and CV writing tips, including templates to download and how to use them in the job search process for maximum effect and success.

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