10 Tips for a Successful CV
Things to include contact details education relevant professional experience (most recent/most relevant first) key skills Optional sections include:- personal statement reference list interests achievements and hobbies No more than 2 pages
Your email address is the first thing your potential employer sees [email protected] doesn’t read well for your reliability, while [email protected] reads as spam - Use your full name or your university email account 2. [email protected] won’t get you a job
Good for creative industries Remember, HR spend less than 30 seconds reading a resume. If the information is too difficult to decipher they won’t even look for it 3. Creative CV’s?
Make use of headings and separate information into different sections Contact information first Make sure education and work experience is easy to find and read Include only your relevant work experience The same applies to education: Tertiary education comes first (don’t need to write specific grades) - Skills can be included under work experience or in their own section 4. Make it clear
Don’t write an essay Use bullet points Highlight skills based on what’s asked for in the job description Specific skills examples can be written about in the cover letter Full sentences are not compulsory 5. Be concise
Use standard fonts eg. Ariel Keep the font consistent throughout Don’t use fancy borders Multi-coloured is not attractive or easy to read Do NOT include emoticons or text speak 6. Style
This is where you sell yourself and your skills. Make sure to mention:- How you can contribute to the company Key skills and how you’ve used them in the past Don’t reiterate your CV No longer than 1 page Thank them for their time 7. Write a cover letter
Use a different CV for each job you apply for Highlight skills from the job description Update your CV regularly – include new education or work experience as well as certificates and awards Easier to keep your CV constantly updated than to create a whole new CV every time you look for a new job 8. Tailor and Update
Check the formatting, make sure spacing, fonts and text sizes are consistent Proof read – check for spelling and grammar mistakes Save in PDF format with an appropriate name 9. Polish, proof and PDF
Keep your social media up to date with work and education experience Make sure anything you don’t want employers to see is either locked down or deleted Keep all social media accounts consistent LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are most commonly checked. 10. That’s not all folks!
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