Writing a CV

Career

How to write a good CV?

A good CV is essential in order to make a good first impression on a prospective employer. Your CV is the first communication you will have with a potential employer. It can determine whether you are invited for an interview – or not. A good CV not only lists your education, qualifications and experience, but should also set you apart from other candidates. Putting together a CV is not an exact science; there is no standard formula for a perfect CV. It depends on your personal preferences and the type of work you are looking for. Nevertheless, there are still a number of important points to bear in mind.

  • A standard CV is 1.5 to 2 pages long. On those two pages you mention all your relevant experience (work and other). It’s important that the content of your CV is good, but there is more to it than that. 

The way in which you present all your types of experience is just as important. Bear the following points in mind:

  • Make sure the CV is well laid out. It should not give a ‘busy’ or chaotic impression. Avoid long sections of text. Use bullet points. This will enable the reader to find the important information quickly.
  • Your CV should show that you are enthusiastic and motivated. This is reflected in the way you describe your previous jobs and experience. Use active descriptions and explain precisely what you did and/or what you learned.
  • It should be clear from your CV why you are interested in a particular job, so you should always tailor your CV to the job you are applying for.

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