The best written CV is worthless if no one sees it!
In recent years it become increasingly popular to join the LinkedIn or Facebook social networking websites for professionals, where you may search for jobs and have your keyword-optimized, rich content profile with current CV. Hiring managers use them more frequently to consult your profile and supplement or check against the CV you send along. If you do not have an account, create one and include your social media link(s) on your CV.
However, you should manage your online presence and eliminate any photos and statements that could reflect poorly on you. From an employer’s point of view, someone who emphasizes partying on a social networking site is not focused on jobs and those who post complaints about work or colleagues are less desirable candidates. Online CV should not include sensitive information as they could show lack of respect for confidentiality and discretion.
Writing a CV
A CV sells your skills to potential employers. A good CV will catch an employer's eye and may get you an interview. Follow the pointers below to create a focused, energetic and memorable CV.
- Keep your CV short and to the point (no more than 2-3 pages).
- Keep your sentences short and avoid too much description.
- Describe past jobs including a brief description of your duties (make sure your personal and technical skills are clearly described).
- Pay attention to the presentation of your CV:
- your CV should not have any spelling errors,
- your CV should be neatly typed on white paper,
- your name should be on top of each page (in a header).
- An interviewer may want to speak with your past employers to ask about your skills and abilities. Check with three or four people (past employers, teachers or volunteer coordinators) to see if they will be positive references for you.
- Be honest. Employers usually check references. Never lie about your qualifications.
- It may be necessary to rewrite your CV for different job applications. You can change the order of your skills to reflect and enhance each job description.
- All CVs should include your name, address, phone/Fax number and email address on the first page. If you do not have a phone or an answering machine, include a number where messages can be left.
- Close your CV with the sentence "References available on request":
- that way if an employer request from you references you will know that s/he is interesting in you,
- have your references with names, addresses and phone numbers of previous employers ready
Check the spelling and grammar of your CV. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your CV, send it to a professional for assistance.
Remember that your CV/resume must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV writing or resume writing instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use CV samples, CV templates, resume samples and resume templates or:
- "fill in the blanks" resume writing software
Most recruiters expect to receive a cover letter together with your resume or CV.
So, prepare a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for the interview.
If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use one of these:
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Good luck with writing your CV!