Back to Basics: CV Writing Tips

Back to Basics: CV Writing Tips

No matter how right you are for the job and no matter how well you present yourself in an interview, you’re not going to get look in if you submit a poor C.V. Competition for jobs is at an all-time high, so many employers will simply skim C.Vs to see which ones stand out and which ones, full of errors, should be disregarded. To help make sure your C.V stands out KennedyPearce have put together some tips and advice to improve the impact of your C.V

Spelling and Grammar

All that amazing content and work experience you have is going to fall short if your C.V is full of typos or grammatical errors. Such mistakes will form a negative opinion of you with your employer. It suggests that your attention to detail is poor and your written work sloppy. Make sure you thoroughly read through your C.V. If you find that after so many readings you can’t spot mistakes, get a friend to read it. It also helps if you get them to read it out loud. That way you can check if your sentences flow and if your punctuation and grammar fit with what you’re trying to say.

You can also consider a professional finish such as hiring a freelancer to check your work from freelance sites such as peopleperhour.

Simple Formatting

Formatting is a basic point to address. Think about your C.V objectively – is it clear, is it easy to read, is it cluttered? Make sure you use paragraphs to break up large chunks of texts. Using bullet points are also a good way to format text so it’s easy to read. You may also want to think about using bold headers and underlining different sections of your C.V such as Work Experience or Computer Skills.

Check online for some professional, eye catching formats. You can also insert some creativity by downloading and using some free fonts from websites like DaFont.
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Rather than write about your day to day duties in your job, write about what you have achieved in your role. Give details like clients you have worked with, especially big names; or write about how much profit you helped your previous employer reach or if you smashed any targets. This will help showcase your capabilities.


Filter Out

Don’t run the risk of submitting pages of C.V because it won’t get read. Instead filter your information so you only present the best and most relevant information.  Don’t put details of every single position you have ever worked in. Keep your C.V concise and relevant and emphasise your outstanding accomplishments and skills needed to do the job.

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