There are a lot of different types of CVs out there; some are long and detailed, others are short and concise. We’ll give you some top tips to create a CV that will stand out to employers/recruiters.
Pick the Best Format
There are a lot of formats we can use. Bearing in mind, recruiters receive a lot of applications every day and they don’t have the time to scan through all of the pages. They only spend 5-6 seconds of their time looking through CVs. Yes, that’s right! So first impressions are important.
Write your Personal Information
Make sure you put your full name on top of the CV including your contact information such as your phone number, email address, and home address. For online applications or interviews, make sure you include your Skype ID there as well!
Personal Profile or CV Summary
Write a 4 to 6 sentence summary about yourself and your work experience. It has to be brief and well-written. Remember that even in your CV, recruiters are evaluating your grammar skills and how well you can express yourself. Make sure you write your best skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
List your Work Experience
This is an important part of your CV. Just listing your work duration isn’t going to cut it. You need to add and emphasize the tasks that you did for your past employers, especially the ones that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Listing those tasks and the different softwares that you’re proficient in can catch the attention of recruiters. List it down, review them, and make sure that you are being honest.
If you are a fresh graduate, list down the achievements you have done during your school years especially the ones that can help recruiters get an idea of what you can offer their client.
List the Educational Institutes you attended
You may list the school/s you have attended during college only. Unless you are a high school graduate and did not pursue college. Just include the name of the school, dates or years covered, and your degree.
It may surprise you to know that quite a lot of applicants put a few white lies on their CVs. But take note that when you are questioned by the recruiter, they can easily spot if you are lying. So our advice would be to be as honest as possible if you really want that dream job!
There are websites that provide us with ready to edit CV templates. You can easily access them and start filling in your information. This way, it’s more presentable and professional.
Hope this helps you in getting accepted in the company that you really want.
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