Writing that ‘Killer’ CV


writing-that-killer-cvUntil your interview – you are only as good as your paperwork!

This makes your CV and Covering Letter crucial.They are essential tools in most job searches.  Like any marketing document, a CV should help you to sell yourself.

Preparation:

Think about your skills, competencies, qualifications and experience.  What are your unique selling points and strengths?  Think in terms of what you have achieved.

If you are replying to a specific job advertisement, review what key words and tasks were used in the advertisement.  Which of these words apply to you?  Use them in your CV!

Hints:

Remember that you want your CV to be read and responded to.  Include enough information to stimulate interest, but not so much that you bore the reader.  If you provide small, digestible pieces of information you stand a better chance of having your CV read.  Three/Four Pages is the norm.  Every word must contribute to the overall message.

Ensure that your CV is well structured and well laid out; this gives the impression that you think logically and makes it easier to review.  Remember – a CV that is hard to read is often put aside and forgotten.  When writing the CV, remember that self-opinion is best avoided.  Aim to include factual information or objective evidence and remember to focus on the benefits of your achievements.

Pay close attention to reply instruction in advertisements (e.g. spelling of a contact’s name).  Always have someone else on hand to check your spelling and grammar (every PC has “Spell Check”!)  Nothing can ruin your chances of getting a job faster than easily preventable mistakes.  Avoid colored paper or fancy fonts.  You will get a much better result with clear fonts and a simple layout!