Once you know what a CV template looks like, all you have to do is just fill in the blanks. It may sound simple in theory but different employers have different needs and opinions and these 2 factors can have a significant impact on whether you’ll be able to get accepted for the job. Nevertheless, all CVs should strive to fulfil its ultimate purpose, and that is, to sell you. But who’s going to write the CV for you? You could hire someone else to write a CV for you but those kinds of services can be very pricey and there’s no guarantee that the CV will be more effective than if you wrote it yourself.
Here’s 5 tips on how to write a great CV:
1. Keep it simple
2. Keep the CV concise and to the point
3. Make the CV easy to read (as you would with all job applications)
4. Customize the CV according to the job you’re applying to
5. CVs can also be in video format, not just text format
The last point is interesting since this can give the potential employer a very good picture of who you are and effectively ‘put a name to a face’. Making the effort to send in a video CV can certainly give a lasting first impression to the potential employer as video CVs are not very commonly used, so your application would stand out against the others. However, you should make sure to look and sound professional in the video and to remove any distractions that could make it any less professional, for example, your children, pets, populated outdoor areas and the like.
Being able to write an effective CV also involves being a bit of a show off. There are people who find it difficult to shower themselves with excessive praise and see the world in it’s most barest facts. This isn’t bad for your personality (it probably means you’re quite truthful!) but being overly honest in your CV won’t sell yourself as well as someone else who isn’t as qualified but knows how to sell themselves well. If you’ve tried many times to ‘blow your trumpet’ but still can’t find a way to sell yourself to the employer, then you can ask someone who you know has an enthusiastic, bubbly and cheerful personality who can probably help ‘blow you trumpet’ for you (no pun intended).
So, these are the 5 tips on how to write a CV. If you follow these 5 tips, then you should be able to at least 1 phone call from about 10 to 20 applications. If you’re applying for a job in a competitive industry, then it’ll be from about 20 to 30 applications. In the end, it’s all about whether or not you can do the job. So, apply to a place where you know you can handle the work.