Writing That Winning CV
Writing That Winning CV – a CV that is going to win you the job is the one that makes the reader want to know more about you. The CV that makes it much more likely that you will be invited to an interview! Your CV needs to show the recruiter that you will be best fitted to to meet their requirements. Good CVs are valuable and a very good investment of your time.
So how do you make yourself stand-out from the crowd?
Any CV that you write is only relevant if it shows how you meet the requirements of the particular role. So be ready to tailor you generic CV for each post. Be specific about skills, experience and personal qualities. Show that you understand their requirements.
These days employers and recruiter receive sacks full of CVs. Make sure yours short (no more than two sides of A4 if possible), easy to read and attractive.
Lay it out clearly with enough space and clear section headings.
Your CV shows what you bring to the organization
Your CV shows what you bring to the organization, so make it look professional.
- Choose a clear, professional font that is easy to read (e.g. Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman)
- Make no typing mistakes – CVs with typos get “binned”. A simple spell check is not enough: ask someone else to proof-read your finished CV
- Have clear headings (key skills, work experience, education etc) so that these can be scanned quickly
- Order your experience and education into reverse chronological order with the latest first.
- For recent posts, show what you achieved and delivered for each post
- Concentrate on the last 10 years and sum-up earlier experience briefly.
Many recruiters’ job sites search candidates’ CVs for specific keywords. It is important to include those which are likely to apply for the particular job. Create clear statements that demonstrate your skills and what you deliver, using terms that show you as positive and pro-active.
These are positive keywords, you could use to describe your personal attributes
When describing your experience and achievement use pro-active descriptions like:
If you have saved an organization money or generated new business, flag it up with figures and facts.
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Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at email@example.com
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