01 Feb 5 Top Tips for Writing Your CV
5 Top Tips for Writing your CV
You’ve just seen your dream job. You sit down to write the all-important CV. Where do I start? How do I make myself stand out?
When it comes to applying for a job, your CV is the top priority. First impressions are key. You only have a few seconds to grab the attention of a potential employer and make them want to read on.
But, what sort of information should you include, and what should you prioritise? We’ve listed our top 5 tips to give you a head start:
Personal profile – this should be the first piece of information that employers read about you. Think about your long-term goals, your skills and strengths. Make sure it’s personal to you and reflects what you can bring to the role and the company. Around 4 sentences should be ample.
Transferable skills – no matter what job you’re going for, there are many skills that overlap into different sectors. Think about what you can take from one role to another. Do you for example, work well in a team? Are you motivated and organised in your approach? Do you have good written skills?
Tailoring – adapt your CV for each role and focus on the results you achieved, rather than responsibilities. It might also be worth considering having different CV’s which highlight your experience in different areas, for example – a management-based CV and an admin-based CV.
Achievements – did you exceed targets or solve a large problem within your last role? Were there any special projects you were involved in or awards you received? Achievements both within your work and personal life are worth adding.
Proof read – read your CV through several times! Ask a friend to look through it for you too. Attention to detail is paramount and any mistakes will look careless. Also, make sure that there are no gaps between roles by filling in the blanks.
The above should help you get started. Remember to keep the information relevant and concise.
The Neaves & Neat team are always on hand for further advice and guidance.
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