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Top 10 CV writing tips

Posted: 12.18.2015

Make Separate CVs

Top ten cv tipsOne of the biggest no-no’s when it comes to job application is sending the same CV to every job opening you are applying for. That does not only look unprofessional, but it also gives out the impression that you are not a serious candidate.

Avoid Typos

Typos should be avoided at all cost when writing your CV. Make sure that you proofread each and every line and that there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors on your CV. Typos on your CV show your lack of attention to detail and may give off a non-serious impression to the hiring manager.



Give honest information

It is very important that whatever information you supply on your CV is authentic and can be verified by the hiring manager. Give references or make references available at an instant so they can cross-check the facts for themselves.

Give accurate contact details

A lot of job applicants make the rookie error of unintentionally providing wrong contact information in their applications and end up not getting a call. Double check all contact information that you provide are accurate.

Choose the right font

More often than not, people choose the wrong font to use in their CVs. The font you use should make your CV easier to read and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Choose a Professional Template

Choose a template that is not too confusing, otherwise it will overpower your CV. The template should be clean and professional.

Do Your Research

Doing your research on the company ahead of time will allow you to create a CV that is perfectly suited for the job opening that you are applying for.  You will be able to set the tone according to the company culture and even highlight your key strengths that you think will be valued the most.
 
Pick and choose the experience and achievements you mention

Well this might be difficult to do at first but do understand that by picking only the most relevant experience and achievement to highlight, you are drawing the hiring manager’s focus to the qualifications that they are looking for in a candidate.

Make it concise

Your CV should be concise and to the point. Remember that the hiring manager has a lot of other CVs to read, he or she would not be able to go through pages of information.

Use Keywords

Keywords will help the hiring manager pay closer attention to the things that you want to make sure they don’t miss. Once you have conducted a preliminary research, especially on Linkedin, you will know what kind of skills people who for them has and what skills you should sell.

 

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