Writing Your CV
Writing Your CV! You’d be surprised how many people have never had to write a CV! It can be a daunting task!
How do you begin to put your career history on paper? And what is the right balance of skill, experience and achievements to record?
If you get it wrong your CV can look unbalanced. Or, even worse, become unreadable!
You want to show a successful career progression. It should make the next opportunity (the one you have just decided to apply for) look like a logical move! Making it look like a natural fit can put you ahead in the job’s market. It marks you out as the candidate they want.
Your resume needs to be a well written, clear and concise!
So format is important! Please don’t go for complicated designs with tables and fancy fonts. Use a simple, clean, format that is well organiser and easily scanned. That will attract both the recruiter’s eye. And, these days often more important, it is easy for the recruiter’s software to process.
Produce a baseline CV. Then be prepared to adapt it to each job that you apply for. That way you can target your qualifications, skills, and key strengths. You should include relevant “keywords;” again with the sifting software in mind. You want to appeal to the person advertising the job at first glance!
Grabbing the recruiter’s attention is all important. You probably have 30 seconds or less to make an impression! So put the most relevant information upfront in your headline. Again, include keywords relevant to the advert or spec.
Make sure you CV is simple to read. And concentrate in terms of experience on the last 10 years. Summarise anything earlier. Focus on your achievements and the benefits you have delivered. Show the benefits you will bring!
One of the major advantages of working with a career coach should be that you get your baseline CV in good order. And you learn how to adapt it. If you would like help with your CV, get in touch.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link