How to write a great CV
Have you got that ‘Monday morning feeling’ when you think about your job?
Or are you simply keen to find a new challenge?
Whatever your reasons for wanting a new role, you need a great CV to get your foot in the door for the first stage interview.
Knowing how to write a CV that identifies your chosen direction and best talents will be beneficial, whether you:
- Want to do yourself justice with your CV.
- Have a CV that stands out from competition.
- Feel stuck and are seeking a change.
- Are midway in your career and desire a promotion.
- Are a high achiever thinking of the next step.
- Are starting out in your career or your studies.
Coaching can help you work through the whole recruitment process, identifying your skills, talents and motivations.
Just like coaching, your CV is a vehicle to help achieve positive change. It’s often a first impression of you; your ambassador. You need to gain the edge over the other candidates.
Here are three steps to writing great CV that will be on the ‘YES’ pile:
Step 1: Preparation
- Preparing a great CV involves presenting your career history, skills, knowledge and experience, understanding the role and the values of the organisation to which you’re applying, and deciding what is relevant and beneficial to include.
- Ensure your information is accurate: dates, names (e.g. qualifications, colleges, employers) since a casual error in one area can cast doubts on another.
Now, you can start to write…
Step 2: Presentation
- Put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes: You are sitting with a pile of CVs to wade through, 95 applications to reduce to a short list of six. What will catch your eye? What will go in the ‘Yes’ pile? What will go in the bin?
- First impressions count and how you present in writing will signify to the organisation how you are likely to present in person as well as your approach towards work. How clear, professional and appropriate is the layout of your CV?
Step 3: Performance and progression
- How relevant and strong is the content of your CV? How does it demonstrate and highlight your experience, knowledge, skills and achievements?
- It is important to do justice to your career performance and demonstrate your progression. Will you be able to substantiate at an interview everything you have claimed for yourself in your CV?
Good luck with your application. I hope your CV works well for you.
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