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How to create a good CV

We understand that creating a CV can be difficult and very frustrating as there is no perfect CV.

To help you we have created some guidelines which should be considered while creating/adapting your CV.

Basic rules-

  • Length

As employers receive loads of applications they don’t want a really long CV. An effective CV is usually 2 pages, allowing you to provide the essential information that you want to portray in order to sell yourself to the employer.

  • Layout

A good CV should be consistent and easy on the eye. By this we mean your CV should not be crammed up with too much information by extended margins or reduced font size.

The reader should be able to quickly skim through your CV understanding your compatibility with the job.

  • Format

Not everyone follows the same format but have the typical headings which follow on from each other in a logical manner. The CV begins with where you are, not from where you started.

  • Language

As of the short space, it would be ideal to use short sentences and be straight to the point. Longer sentences can lead to waffled and unclear sentences which puts the employer off recruiting you.

Your CV is describing you thus the person you write in is important. Don’t write in the first person, start sentences with verbs.

  • Photographs

Photographs on CV’s are only required in certain industries such as media or sales. Having a photograph on CV’s can lead to biased decisions. Remember your CV is demonstrating your skills rather than appearance.

How to write a good cover letter

Creating a cover letter can help to portray your skills in a more detailed way. When writing one you can focus on the requirements according to the job description rather than a basic letter mentioning your skills.

Tips

  • Always try to send one

Even though it is not vital, it is a good way to introduce yourself and showing you personality through first person and also your reasons to why you’re most suitable to the job.

  • Don’t rewrite your CV in your cover letter

When writing your cover letter emphasise on parts that show you as the most suitable candidate but don’t repeat all of your CV as you will also attach your CV with your cover letter in the email.

  • First Paragraph and last line

The way you start and end your cover letter is important as it shows your formality. Similar to your CV get straight to the point with emphasis on relevant information.

  • Talk about the company

When selling your skills to show that you are the ideal candidate you can link them to how you can relate to their organisation. You can do this by researching the company. Also, you can tell them what you are impressed with and what attracts you to them.

  • Provide quality evidence of your qualities

From the job description pick a few requirements they want and elaborate using examples. If it helps you can use the 5 W’s (Who? What? Where? When? And How?)

  • Presentation

Again similar to your CV presentation is vital. The way you create your letter should be considered through font size, colour and margins. Usually a cover letter is one page but some companies accept 2 pages.

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