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How to write a CV

| November 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

CV writing can be a confusing task. Many of you may never have written a CV previously. However, aside from making it presentable there are a number of things you need to ensure that your CV is to ensure your CV gets a read from someone that matters:

How to Start

Make it short. Too often recruiters face piles of CVs six pages long, and they get put right to the bottom of the pile because they cannot be bothered to read through it. Recruiters have always advised me to keep it under two pages. That way it is short enough to be readable but long enough to give enough information.

Structure it. CVs need to be well structured so the name is prominent, the education and experience sections have to be clearly presented as this is what recruiters want to know most about.

What Else?

Sell yourself. This is quite an ambiguous statement, after all how can one sell him/herself? You can do this in a number of ways, like going in-depth about the courses and modules you studied. For example, say you achieved a 2:1 in your first year, you might want to add that you excelled in certain modules in particular. Such as “Year two: 2:1. Achieved a First in Financial Accounting” or “Achieved top paper in Business Strategy” to highlight your particular strengths.

Overall, you should be aware that the CV has one purpose only; to obtain an interview for you. So as long as it achieves this purpose there really is no need to elaborate too much on your achievements but rather to highlight it and make it appeal to the recruiter. They will have plenty of questions for you in the interview so ensure that you have enough to prove that what you claim in the CV is the truth.

You will be questioned on your achievements should you obtain an interview, so please don’t make up stories. Bravado is great, and exaggeration does work but fabricating stories especially about your working history can be highly risky. The reason is because there are reference requests post-interview where they check what you wrote on the CV is true. It will not give you favorable impression if you are writing fictitious entries on paper, as many corporations today are very strict on that.

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