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Published on July 8th, 2016 | by Jones


Tips for writing your first CV

You can’t even think about getting a job after you matriculate without a well-written CV filled with all the right information. That sounds easy enough. Everyone can write a CV.

No, everyone can’t write a CV. You’d be shocked to find out how many CVs pop into the email inboxes of bosses, team leaders and hiring managers which just aren’t good enough.

A high quality CV will no doubt put you several steps in front of your peers and will ensure yours is first in the line when it’s time to be interviewed. There are several important dos and don’ts which you should keep in mind. You’ve done everything you can to get ready for the working world. Now, here are some tips for writing the perfect CV.

Most importantly, your CV needs these sections:

  • Personal details
  • Skills
  • Education
  • Work history
  • References

Give details of your past experience

Where appropriate, include details of your past working experience. Don’t include everything though. This is all about quality, not quantity. Add specific details and facts to describe your achievements at any previous jobs. Remember, whether you’re applying for a position in corporate finance or fashion journalism, your potential employer wants to know what you could offer in the position.

Explain why you’re the right fit

Too many job-seekers think they should apply for every job they come across. This isn’t a good idea because it wastes your time and that of the hiring manager. Rather, only apply for the jobs which are appropriate. Explain to these potential employers that you have the right skills, experience, qualifications and motivation to not only do this job but do it well.

Give details about any gaps in employment

Any gaps in employment will make a potential employer suspicious of you. If you’ve spent time looking after a sick relative or taking care of a younger sibling, mention that. It will show that you are compassionate and hardworking. An employer looks at gaps and thinks you aren’t employable, perhaps wondering why no one else took a chance on you.

Add the right amount of personal information

A potential employer doesn’t need to know that you love cats and aspire to be the next AKA. But they do need to know where you live and how to contact you. That’s about it; they don’t need to know all of the details of your life and family right now.

Last, but definitely not least, make sure your CV is free from all spelling and grammatical errors. Ensure it isn’t too long and isn’t filled with useless information. To really impress, add clickable links to your email, social media profiles and portfolio.

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