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How to write a good Resume (CV)

Getting a strong resume ready is an important part of the job searching process .A good resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is essential when looking for work, especially when there are many candidates for the same position. Your objective is to get to an interview, Your CV needs to make you stand out from the crowd and ensure you get to that stage.

  • A CV should be neat and typed if possible.
  • It should also be concise, usually no more than two sides of A4.
  • A straightforward font and formatting is required – and the spelling must be checked. Poor spelling is the quickest way of getting a rejection.
  • It should be positive, stressing achievements and strengths, and make a good impression in a clear and positive way.

The basic format for a CV includes

  • Personal details, including name, phone number, email address and possibly any professional social media presence. You no longer need to include your date of birth, owing to age discrimination rules
  • A personal profile which sells yourself and your qualities, tailored towards the job you are applying for
  • Significant achievements, if appropriate. If you have an established career , you should next list your significant achievements that are relevant. This is an opportunity to quantify your achievements For example –“I Grew sales by 20% per annum”, “I produced above target reduction in overheads”, “I cultivated relationships with existing clients achieving a 30% increase in repeat business” .
  • Career history, starting with your most recent job first. Include dates and temporary or voluntary jobs if appropriate
  • Qualifications and training. both academic and from previous jobs, with the most recent first.
  • Specific skills you have to offer the employer
  • Experience you have in the specific field
  • Interests, if they are relevant and especially if the skills are relevant for the job
  • Any extra information, such as reasons for a career change or reasons for gaps in career history, such as caring duties
  • References, ideally two or more and including a recent employer