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How To Write The Perfect CV

Thursday, April 26, 2018

CV Writing Tips

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CV Writing Tips from First Achieve

How To Write The Perfect CV

As a recruiting agency, we tend to get bombarded with CVs for a wide range of jobs. Some of them are rubbish, but some of them are very, very good. So how do you go about getting your CV out of the bin and on to the desk of a potential employer? Well, we have come up with some top tips for you to help you on your mission to securing your dream job.

Make it reader-friendly: You could have a really well-written CV, but that is completely pointless if it is hard to read. Make sure that you don’t pack your text too tightly around the page and remember to use bullet points and headers to make it accessible. Stick to two pages and try not to cram as much text in as possible. Think about ways you can be more succinct with your points.

Make yourself attractive to the employer: Look at the job advert and what qualities that the ideal candidate should have. Try to satisfy as many points as possible by including any relevant experiences you may have with evidence to back this up. On the flip-side, don’t include points or information that doesn’t add any value to your CV for the specific role you are applying for. Make sure your CV is specifically tailored to the role you have applied for.

Avoid clichés: This is a tricky one, but try and avoid stuffing your CV with clichés. Every CV going features works and phrases like ‘hard-working’ or ‘strong communication skills’ and they don’t tend to add much to the application. If you are going to include a phrase like this, try to at least back it up with some evidence, did you illustrate how hard working you were by winning employee of the month perhaps?

Beef up the section on your current role: The job you currently have is most likely to accurately reflect your current strengths and capabilities, so really go to town on what you do at the moment. Highlight any additional responsibilities you have and any achievements you may have accomplished during your time with the firm.

Do the basics right: You aren’t going to pick up any extra brownie points for doing it well, but it could sink your job application on the sport if your CV is riddled with grammatical or spelling errors. People often miss mistakes when they re-read pieces they have written so try and get someone with a keen eye to read through your CV before you send it off. You can also use online grammar checkers such as Grammarly to help make sure your CV is in tip-top shape.

There you have it, five simple steps to getting your CV in great shape for the job hunt. Don’t rush headlong into applying for jobs before you have your CV in the best possible shape and use the steps above to help you on the way to the job of your dreams.

Get in touch with the First Achieve team today to see how we can positively impact your business or career.

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