One of the most important things you need to do when looking for a job is to write a good CV and to make sure that it contains all the necessary information for someone to hire you. Here are some tips that will make your CV both informative and interesting for your future employer:
Be prepared: It’s important to have your CV prepared in advance, so that when you are looking for a job you won’t have to rush to get it finished. A CV that covers all the basics will help you whenever a new job opportunity pops up unexpectedly. If you have covered all the basics ahead of time, all you will have to do is add a few pieces of information tailored to the type of job you are applying. Employers can easily tell when a CV was written in a hurry.
Be selective: Sometimes you might have to think what you need to include in your CV and what you need to leave out. You don’t want your CV to be too boring, and you certainly don’t want to mention skills that don’t apply to the type of job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a job in which you are required to work with children, make sure the skills you specify relate to that subject matter. If at first glance, your skill set might not seem to fit the job description, take some time to think how you can turn that around. If you can play a musical instrument, for example, you can add how your skill might be helpful to the children you are hoping to work with.
Be up to date: Let’s say you already got the job you were looking for. You might be very happy with your current situation, but that doesn’t mean you should set your CV aside. Maybe you’ve completed a course, or acquired a new skill set, or even published something significant. Every time something important happens during your career, make sure you record it in your CV. That way, you won’t forget it in case you need the CV later.
Be organized: The way your CV looks might say more about you as an employee than you think. Show that you are organized by structuring your CV in a clear and engaging way. Use bullets if you want your potential employer to go through your resume better, and stick to classic fonts instead of unprofessional ones like Comic Sans MS. Also, don’t make your font size too small, and stick to regular margins if you are going to send in your resume by email. You want your future employer to read you CV easily, and your formatting might be displayed differently on another computer.
Be open to learning: Competition is everywhere and you certainly want to stay ahead of the pack when looking for a job. You can apply for internships or take extra classes in a field you are interested in. That way, you will get more work experience and learn things that will qualify you for the position you are after. If you speak a foreign language, for example, you should also consider taking a language test to serve as proof. You can also look towards volunteer work as a valuable option. Not only will this show your ability to work with different types of people, but you will also prove that you are not solely motivated by personal gain.
These are only some of the many tips you can use in order to improve your CV. As you start working on your resume, you will find that you will have to come up with ways to customize your CV to appeal to the type of employer you want to work for. These five general tips serve as a starting point for everyone who wants to make sure that their CV is up to date.
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