Whether you are a professional at the executive level, or a fresh graduate at the entry level, there is one common thing in snagging your dream job, and that is a good CV.
Writing a good CV is not a mere walk in the park, because nothing good comes easy. It requires finesse, near perfect, and having the technical know-how. This does not mean you have no hope of writing a good CV; anyone can write a good CV, as long as they are armed with the rules of the game.
This article will expose to you, the salient tips everyone who has snagged a job with a good CV knows. These tips can even be employed when writing your professional profile on networks like LinkedIn.
However, note that there is no perfect CV, neither is there one best way of writing your CV, you can only be shown the proper way of doing it, and the rest is on you to be creative and think out the box, when crafting your CV.
5 Salient tips to writing a good CV include;
- Keep it Concise:
Many recruiters have said they cannot stand a bulky CV. Most times, a bulky CV is loaded with things that are not important to the position being applied for. Does the recruiter really need to know that you are a Youth leader in church? No, unless you are vying for a post as department head or team leader.
Keep your CV to a maximum of two pages and make it succinct, only portraying your experience and best things about you that are relevant to the job. Otherwise, just save that unnecessary information.
- Keep your personal details up-to-date:
When writing your personal details, give accurate and up-to-date details. Don’t use an address you are longer staying at, because you don’t know if your interview invitation would be sent by post. Likewise, do not use a phone number that is not current.
Aside keeping your details current, they should also be written at a strategic position that is immediately noticeable to the recruiter. If they have to search for your personal details, there is every chance of your CV getting dumped in the trash.
- Modify your CV according to the position:
Especially if you have been in the workforce for a long time, you might have experiences in different industries. Perhaps you have even crossed to another career path. When writing your CV, you do not have to write every job you have been at, unless it is directly related to the position you are applying for.
Therefore, do not use the same CV for every job you apply for. Look at the company and the position you are applying for, what do they really need, and which of your experiences is relevant to this position. When you know this, it will help make your CV as concise as possible.
- Keep your interests/hobbies as short as possible:
A long line of interests or hobbies often show a lack of experience, because as your experience grows, your interest section gets shorter. Aside from keeping it short, when writing this section of your CV, avoid clichés such as ‘team player’ ‘motivated’ and others, as this does not communicate anything to the recruiter.
Also, put up more of volunteer works you have done, that have direct relationship with the company or the position you are applying for.
- Appropriate length:
Like it has been said earlier, recruiters do not like bulky CV, so keep your CV to two pages, as this is the appropriate length for CV. Any other length will reduce the chances of your CV being reviewed.
I hope these tips help you write a good CV that gets your feet in the door.