• Arifa Chowdhury

How to Write an Amazing CV

Updated: Oct 4, 2021

The Guide to Writing the Perfect CV

The average person spends over 30 hours preparing their CV before they apply for a job.

With so many people applying for the same position, it is important to stand out from the crowd.

In the modern world, a CV is not enough. In today's job market, it is essential to have a "personal brand" that will help you stand out from the crowd.

In order to achieve this you need a well-written and refined CV. It should be concise and focused on your strengths, highlighting your skills and experience in a way that makes them attractive to potential employers.

Tip #1 - Tailor it to the job you are applying for

Be sure that your CV is tailored specifically for the company where you are applying for a job so that you can show that you have a keen interest in them and they can hopefully show a keen interest in you.

Tip #2 - Showcase your experience, not just your skills

Employers are interested in both your skills and your experience, however it is important to showcase your experience as it allows them to understand what roles and companies you were in previously and how you can fit into their company now.

Tip #3 - Be specific

Include the years and months in which your work was done, and try to be as accurate as possible with names and titles of positions held. Make sure to emphasize on your strengths and achievements in each section.

Tip #4 - Quantify your successes

By using numbers to demonstrate your achievements, it allows employers to quantify your successes in a way that they understand. This will mean they are more interested in hiring a person who has "led a team of 15 individuals all from different departments and roles within the company" and less interested in someone who has "led before".

Tip #5 - Proofread it and keep it up-to-date

This may sound like common sense but it is incredibly easy to misspell or make a grammar mistake and not realise it until after you have sent it off; which is why it is always best to proofread it before you send it off and make sure you have conveyed everything the way you'd like to. In addition to this, keeping it up to date after creating it is especially important as you want to provide the most accurate representation of yourself.

The Perfect CV

Overall, the perfect CV should be: tailored, experience-driven, specific, quantifiable and up-to-date. Once you combine all of these aspects and personalise it to your own skills and experience, you are guaranteed to secure the job.

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