5 ways to get your CV noticed


 A CV is a snapshot of you, your education, and your job experience for an employer to look at and consider you as a possible employee.  Your CV should be put together in an easy to read format and contain as much information about you without becoming too many pages long. 

Here are 5 handy CV writing tips:

  1. Always include your name and contact details.     
  2. Start your CV with a personal profile, keep it brief and relevant.  Start each section of your CV with what will make the most difference in getting the job.  Is it your education that might put you at an advantage?  Perhaps it is your previous job experience.  The goal of your CV is to get you the interview, so put your best foot forward and let your abilities speak with the most important part first.  Consider creating a separate column down the side of the page containing your contact information and highlighting areas of experience and skills that set you apart.  Include specifics such as software knowledge, specific sector experience, a list of languages you speak fluently.
  3. Include your participation in any social or community clubs or activities as well as any awards you have received over the years.  If you served as a leader of a club or organisation, include that on your CV as well.
  4. Ideally and depending on length of experience a CV should be a one to two page document.   Try not to exceed two pages, your prospect is usually looking for specific skills and experience.  Remember, this is just a stepping stone to get you past the initial stage.  You can tell the rest during an interview.
  5. Use a pleasing, easy to read font, but don’t get too creative.  You will want your future employer to look at you as a reliable, serious professional and your CV should reflect that.  Above all, make sure there are no typographical errors or misspellings on the CV.

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