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Top 5 CV Tips

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

A well-structured CV is the key to getting noticed by potential employers when you are looking for employment. A poorly created or unprofessional one can result in rejection no matter how qualified you are.


Your CV is the first impression you make on any prospective employer. It should be concise and informative, with an eye-catching cover letter. You need to spend time carefully crafting it in order to make sure that it is structured well and that it highlights your skills in the best way possible.


A CV might seem like a simple summary of your achievements but it is actually an essential document for every job seeker.


When we think about what we should include in our CV, it's usually a list of our employment history. However, as employers are becoming more and more selective, it's worth considering the following five tips to make sure that your CV stands out from the rest.


Tip #1 - Have a clear layout


Having a clear layout means an easy-to-read page structure. It should be visually pleasing. By presenting your CV clearly it means that an employer is able to easily navigate through the document and find the parts they're interested in, making them more content.


Tip #2 - Adjust it to the role


Make sure you adjust it slightly to each role you apply for and focus on specific skills you think will assist in getting you the role. You may think it's best to have as many skills as possible listed on your CV, but sometimes its better just to focus on a few specific ones most related to the role you're pursuing.


Tip #3 - Make it personal


Always remember that the CV’s primary goal is not to sell your skills, but to convince the company that you are the best candidate for the job. The best way to do this is by adding your own personal flair to the document. Add in your skills and hobbies to show the employer more of yourself and perhaps even talk through some of them if you secure an interview.


Tip #4 - Define your work experience


Listing your work experience first will enable you to highlight your achievements and skills and provide a clear outline of what you can do for an employer. So if you have a gap in work history, for example maternity leave or study leave, don't wait until the end of your CV to mention it – instead put it at the top so that it doesn't distract from other valuable information.


Tip #5 - Keep it short and sweet


Get right to the point with a concise summary of who you are and what you offer, no more than two pages long with just enough information about yourself to prove your suitability for the position you are applying for. Make sure to keep it short and sweet just like this article!


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