How to write a successful CV

19 Nov 2018

resumePutting a Curriculum Vitae together can be a stressful task, yet it is a necessary first step in order to show recruiters what you are capable of. It generally summarises your past experiences and education, along with your skills – and should be seen as an opportunity to sell yourself. Although there is no set template, an ideal CV consists of some main features. Here are some guidelines to follow when setting up a CV:

-    Keep it concise
A CV should be easy to skim through, as employers spend an average of 8 seconds looking through one. Keep your wording to the point, and work on using the right keywords bound to attract attention. The document should also, if possible, be limited to two pages. Additional details can be addressed in an interview.

-    Include a short description
Including a short personal statement will make it easier for the employer to remember you. Do not forget to mention why you see yourself as ideal for the role at hand.

-    Update it
Your CV should be updated with recent experiences and tailored to fit the requirements of each role applied for. Therefore, keep a record of each significant career move, and refrain from sending out the same document to multiple employers. Researching the company and its available position will allow you to figure out which parts of your CV should be focused on and highlighted per specific role.  

-    Be honest
Lying on a CV is an unfortunate trend, as it could land you in unnecessary trouble. If you secure a job as a result of a lie told in your CV, there is always a risk of losing that same job. It could also make your interview very awkward!

-    Focus on the layout
A CV should not only be worded correctly, but also be visually appealing – as this is what an employer will first notice. Leave plenty of white space and keep it clean and minimalistic, as this will make it easy on the eye.