Things to do when CV Writing

Make sure information is clear

When writing a CV always use short sentences to get your message across.   Use clear section headings and plenty of white space to break up the page of the CV so that it is pleasing to the eye.

Keep information brief

Unnecessary detail only makes the CV difficult to read and understand.   It confuses the reader.   Including too much detail is probably the single most common fault in CV writing.  It is better to make an impact with a little information than to confuse the issue with long and complicated points.

Tell the truth

When CV writing it is very common to make the mistake of ‘talking up’ your skills and achievements. This approach will usually be found out.  When you get to the interview stage the information contained in your CV will form the basis of the questions you will be asked.  If you have not told the truth you are unlikely to be able to answer these questions confidently.

Demonstrate career progression

A really good CV will not only demonstrate your skills, it will also show how you acquired them.   It is usually a good idea to show your early career because this will enable you to show how you have developed and how any early training has been the basis for your subsequent career progression.

Be selective

When you have finished CV writing, go through the finished document and make sure that everything you have included is relevant.   The more extra detail you include the less impact your CV will have.   This will mean you are less successful in getting your point across to the reader.

Claims must be substantiated

If you lead with a profile you should make sure that the claims you make are substantiated elsewhere in the CV.  Your Career History and Education sections need to demonstrate how you acquired the skills and qualities you are now claiming to have.

Clear presentation

Always use a standard font, otherwise, if sending your CV via e-mail, you could find that your font is substituted when the document is received.   It will probably revert to the default, usually Courier.   This will mean that all your careful layout and formatting will be changed.

Be careful of your e-mail address

Make sure that your e-mail address is businesslike.   A silly name will not give a good impression.   It is quite easy to get a new hotmail account which you could use for the sole purpose of job applications.

Pitch at the right level

Remember that your CV is a marketing tool for use in support of your application for a particular job.   You are trying to ’sell’ your skills and experience.  You should identify the level of your own function and make sure that you are not pitching either too high or too low for the job in question.

Be objective

Remember that the prospective employer is not really interested in you personally.  He is only interested in what you can bring to his organisation.   Do not include too much personal information and avoid making the CV sound as though it is all about ’me’ and what ‘I’ want.

Keep the CV short

You need to ensure that all the information in your CV is in a concise, clear format.  If you really can’t achieve the optimum two, or maximum three pages, then consider getting professional help with writing a good CV.

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