A poorly presented resume or C.V. is unlikely to be filed anywhere other than in the trash bin!
Remember that your C.V. is not aimed at getting you the job - it’s to get you the interview!
So what are the secrets of writing a good C.V ? Here are a few tips that could make all the difference between you getting that first job interview or not even being considered.
- Always send a ‘cover letter’ with your C.V. attached to it. We recommend Cover Letter Creator
- Your cover letter should express enthusiasm for the job offer you are responding to and should be specific as to why you would like the opportunity of an interview for that particular job.
- The cover letter, the C.V. and the envelope should all be written on high quality white (or off-white) stationery. If you have good handwriting use it when addressing the envelope and in the salutation and signature:
- Your CV should be just one page (maximum two) so don’t use 20 words when five will do. Don’t waffle! Nobody cares that you are passionate about making pottery!
- When mentioning your last (or present) position focus on what you’ve achieved rather than just a job description.
- Don’t include negative details about yourself or past positions be Positive, Polite and Professional.
- Choose one font for all your typing and stick to it!
- Don’t rely on just your computer’s spell-check program - run it by some friends or family to check for spelling or grammatical errors.
- Attach a good quality upper body photograph of yourself - in your uniform if applicable or a professional suit if not.
- If you state in your cover letter that you will contact them in a weeks time to see if an interview is on the cards - MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO!
“You only have one chance to make a first impression so make sure it counts”