Top 5 CV Writing Tips
James, October 26, 2012
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Top 5 CV Writing Tips:
The subject is those all important CV writing tips. Having a good CV, or curriculum vitae, is the best possible way of showcasing your skills, knowledge and experience. Remember, this is the first piece of information that an employer will read about you and it can make or break your chance of being called for a follow-up interview.
Here are our top 5 CV writing tips that all job seekers should know to make their CV stand out.
2. Balance between Confidence and Arrogance
Now, while applying for a job it is necessary to put yourself in the best possible spotlight. But one can also make the mi
stake of going overboard in self-projection and that can be a huge turn off, as it can come across as arrogant. Being positive, realistic and confident is the best possible balance to achieve while creating a CV.
Today, most organisations conduct a background check on prospective employees. The world truly is a small place when it comes to job interviews! Therefore, it is important to be honest about all details placed in the CV – last salary, academic qualifications, achievements in the last job and so on. Every detail simply has to be factual, and something you can back up with proof.
4. Spelling and Grammar
Unbelievably, even while seeking a job, plenty job seekers make some obvious and therefore glaring spelling errors. HR experts state that this only makes the job seeker come across as sloppy and careless – which are an absolute no-no when it comes to applying for a job. Take for instance, a covering letter that started with “Dear Sir/Madman” and ends with “Your’s sincerely.” Incidentally, it is also advisable to address the letter to the right person by the name and using the right form of address. Furthermore, avoid using the much-used and generic ‘Dear Sir/Madam.’
5. Structure and Simplicity
Paying attention to the structure of a CV is also essential. For instance, it can either be a chronological CV or one that is based on the job seeker’s skill sets. The former lists the person’s career history according to time, either starting with the most recent or ending with the same. Even though it seems like a small thing, it is also important to pay attention to the font that you are using and the “layout” of the document as well. The font and layout must be easy to read and pleasing to the eye.
Follow these tips and you have the start to a very solid CV.
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