The Basics of CV Writing – Tips To Land That Interview
Your CV is a personal marketing tool that can be utilised to build and mould your career throughout your life. Whether you are just embarking into the world of work or you are looking for a change in jobs or career direction, it’s important to keep in mind the basics of CV writing. So few people get it right which is good news for you, because with our cv basics and tips you can craft the perfect CV and ensure you land that all-important interview.
Ideally, your CV should be no more than 2 pages of A4. Any more than that and you risk boring your prospective employer especially if they have to wade through swathes of information to get to the key facts.
Common headings used in CVs include:
- Personal Details (name and contact details)
- Career Objective (a small paragraph about what you hope to achieve in your career)
- Relevant Work Experience (list the most recent first. If you have no formal work experience, include school work experience, any voluntary work you have conducted etc.)
- Education (most recent first)
- Skills and Achievements
- Referees (usually two are required – you can include academic referees if you are a recent graduate)
What Not To Include
Many people litter their CVs with information that is not required, that is irrelevant or that was not thought through carefully enough. For example, never include details of your current salary or the salary you expect. A photograph is rarely required on a CV and just takes up space. Whilst in addition you do not need to include details about your marital status, number of dependents or even your gender.
Put Yourself In the Employer’s Shoes – Do Your Research
Think about what you would want to see in a CV if you were the employer. Many people fail to read the job description in detail or do their research about the company in question. Try to tailor your CV to the job description whilst being honest about your experience and your skills. For example, if the job calls for a team player approach, mention examples of how you hit deadlines or project objectives by working well with others.
Dot Your I’s and Cross Your T’s
Above all else, make sure your CV is grammatically correct. If you are not confident that your CV is perfect ask somebody to look over it for you. Always use the spellchecker, and read through your CV several times before submitting it for consideration. This is especially important if you are just starting out in employment and need to make a good impression but do not have much work experience to speak of.
This article is just one in a series of articles that will help you with your CV and to land the job that you have always wanted.
Speak to NRL today about your next move or your first move into the world of employment. We can offer you the benefit of our experience and help you to stand out from the crowd.