Getting Ahead: The Ultimate Guide to CV Writing

Your CV, also known more formally as your curriculum vitae, may be all a prospective employer has to go on before they decide whether or not to call you in for that fateful interview. If your CV doesn’t stand out, chances are good that you are going to get bumped to a lower priority or excluded completely! How can you make sure that your CV tells your prospective employer what a good match you can be for their needs?

Look Up a Template

If you are not a CV professional, start by making sure that you have a template to work from. There are dozens of different templates out there, and while they basically convey the same information, they convey it in different ways. If you have worked with prestigious employers, you of course want to make sure that their names are prominently displayed on your CV. On the other hand, if you have many skills but fewer legitimate positions, consider listing your skills first.

Cool It Off

After you have written your CV, you are likely eager to get it out there. However, the thing that you need to remember is that it is by no means perfect yet. Put the CV away for a few days or even a week. After that, come back and look at it with fresh eyes. You’ll find that a rest period can go a long way towards getting you the kind of perspective you need. At the very least, it can help you pick out egregious errors that might otherwise have gone unnoticed!

Keep It Simple

There are people who feel that their CV should be decorative and attention-getting, but unless you are in a graphic design field, this is mistaken. Avoid the urge to use fancy fonts or images on your CV. This tends to make you look unprofessional in the extreme. If you are a graphic designer or someone who works with visual effects, you need to consider things like weight and symmetry, but even that is something that is more of an extra. All that should be on your CV is text. 

Run It By Other People

Ideally, you will run your CV by people that you know in the field. However, even if you do not know anyone in the field that you are entering, you can still share your CV with people that you know and trust. Ask them how they feel about it, and whether they see any errors. Having a fresh set of eyes on your work is always beneficial.

This guest post was written by BCL Legal – Providers of recruitment services in the Legal field.

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Tips on How to Write a Resume

Sooner or later, each of us faces the necessity to write a resume or curriculum vitae (CV), another word for it. It is not evaluated with the grade, it doesn’t influence a course grade; the role resume (CV) plays in our life is more important for it is our spokesman before the employer. To put it short, a resume (CV) is a one- or two-page writing where a job seeker presents his/her education, work experience, skills in order to persuade an employer to provide him/her with a job. To write it in a proper way, you are to take into consideration a number of requirements that are typical for this genre.

What to write in a resume (content)?

  1. Work experience: not only full-time jobs; underworking, babysitting, and other occupations of that kind should be presented here. Volunteer activities may be included in the resume (CV) or enumerated in a separate list.
  2. Education: you are to mention elementary and higher education, advanced training courses, courses in foreign languages, refresher courses, if any.
  3. Military experience, if any.
  4. Achievements in other spheres: sport awards, participation in some creative projects or contests.

How to write a resume (style)?

  1. Be brief and meaty: try to make the most efficient use of the one or two pages you have, present information in a form of items, keep in mind that your working experience and education are two the most important things.
  2. Be persuasive: explain why you are the right man for this job. Avoid overpraising yourself or flattering your employer; try to sound argumentative and use facts to support your claims.
  3. Be honest! Never resort to false data to get a job for in the majority of cases, information is being checked. Even if not caught, you’ll be for sure asked to perform the functions “you were already occupied with”. In order not to seek for excuses, tell about the experience you really have.

Technical specification.

  1. Try to scram all the information in two pages.
  2. The most popular typefaces are: Times New Roman, Souvenir, Palatino Linotype, Bookman Old Style, Courier New.
  3. Use size 12 so that your employer doesn’t have to strain to read the information. There should be one space between lines and double space between paragraphs.
  4. In the top right corner give your contact information: your first and last names, address, phone number, e-mail; in the top left corner write the name, position, place of employment, and its address of the employer. Then shift it several lines below.
  5. Check your resume (CV) to avoid mistakes in grammar and punctuation.

Good luck with your resume!

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