Write a Great CV

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A focused CV is the best way to get your new potential boss to notice you. If you stand apart from the crowd, it's your best chance of getting an interview - and then a job.

Study the job advertisement

When you look at the classifieds section of a newspaper, or read a jobs notice board or email, make sure you read the advertisement carefully. Decide what aspects of your personality, qualifications, skills and experience you can offer to this new job/career. Write these down in a list and use strong "action words" - for example: I am organised, efficient, and hard-working, I have managed and coordinated events and people. I studied and achieved personal and professional excellence and completed a degree in ..."

Be precise

Be precise. Don’t overdo things by presenting everything about yourself that you can think of. Nobody expects or even wants that – so don’t.

A CV should be personal, but it is not a biography. Nor is it a paragraph, or even a novel, in which you tell the story of your professional life! Leave out personal information that is not relevant to the position. 

Tell the truth

Be truthful. By being so, you show confidence in yourself and your achievements - this is especially useful when it comes to sitting through an interview. You cannot speak further about your experience as a nuclear scientist if you barely passed science at school!

Avoid these mistakes

A few don’ts: Don't lie, exaggerate, make promises you cannot live up to, justify, grovel, or be a "boot licker".

Tips on presentation

  • When summing up, use bullets.
  • Phrase your CV in positive language. 
  • It helps if you write short, active sentences and avoid too many adjectives.
  • Start with your best achievements that match the crucial job requirements. Don't tell the employer how they can help you but rather point out how you can help them. 
  • Emphasise your business related experience, the wider the better. If you have good working relationships with experts in the field, check with them if you may use them as your references.
  • Ask for advice before sending your CV. Get someone you know in a related field to read it. Be prepared to revise your text.
  • Test your CV by applying for several positions, on your level, but also a bit higher up the ladder. That’s how you really get to know the market and your worth.

Not the same all the time

Your CV should be tailor-made. Therefore, when applying for different jobs with basically the same CV, you should nevertheless adapt it to each particular position: variations on your theme.

Don't give up

Use your CV to get over the doorstep and into the interview. There you will have ample opportunity to elaborate on your achievements.

Most importantly, DONT GET DISCOURAGED! For every 100 CVs you send out you may get only 10 interviews, and for every ten interviews only one job - the right one is out there waiting for you. Stay determined and focused and you'll soon be sprinting up that corporate ladder.

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