Our objective is to get you hired. We at CV Services would be honoured if you used our CV writers to craft your CV, and we guarantee that we would do such an excellent job, that you’d be very proud of the results. But in the event that you’d like to create your CV yourself, for whatever reason, we have some CV advice that we’d like to offer you. This CV advice is based on years of writing CVs that get job applicants hired.
CV Advice – What to Include
The intent of a well-crafted CV is to help you stand out from the crowd and get you an interview. In addition to common details, your CV should include research and teaching experience, publications, grants and fellowships, professional associations and licenses, awards and other information that is relevant to the job advert. Here is a breakdown of the sections in your CV:
- Personal details: Most CVs start with personal details such as name and contact information.
- Education and qualifications: Include the names of educational institutions and dates attended in reverse order.
- Work experience: The most widely accepted style of employment record is the chronological CV in reverse order. Career history is presented starting with most recent employment. Achievements and responsibilities are listed against each role. Place more emphasis on the more recent jobs – within the past 10 years.
- Skills: Include computer skills and foreign language skills that you are proficient in, and any other recent training and development that are relevant to the position applied for.
- Publications: If you are a published author, include the name and date of your publications.
- Hobbies and Interests: Keep this section short, and highlight volunteer work that is relevant to the position that you are applying for.
- Referees: Include names of your referees, their contact information, and companies they work for to add credibility and demonstrate that you are not making things up.
CV Advice – Before You Get Started
Before you start creating your CV, use the following process:
- List all your qualifications, achievements and any extra studies you may have undertaken.
- List all your background information (work experience, related volunteer experience and so on), articles and white papers published in journals, tracts, books and any other publications.
- Organize them into categories.
- Make sure that you include dates on all your publications.
- Decide on who you will use as referees. Include company names wherever possible to add credibility, and provide peace of mind to potential employers, reassuring them that they can check your references.
CV Advice – How to Make Your CV Stand Out
- Maximise Readability: Create your CV with the hiring manager in mind. Use clear headings and include white spaces between sections. Use a bulleted list when appropriate for easy scanning of the CV. Make sure that you use the right words to clearly articulate what you are trying to say, and use the active voice.
- Professional Profile and Objective: Emphasize your key attributes and use this section to direct your career path. Focus on your knowledge, skills and abilities that align with the job advert or the position that you are applying for.
- Concise All the Time: Keep you CV to the point, including only relevant information that sells you.
- Customize Your CV: Customize your CV to the job that you are applying for so that your knowledge, skills and abilities align with the requirement of the position. If you are using your CV for speculative job applications, it is still necessary to customize it to bring out your relevant experience.
- Competing With Your Peers: In a tight economy, many highly qualified job applicants compete for the same positions, therefore listing your education and work experience is not enough. Demonstrate by using concrete examples how your knowledge, skills, abilities, accomplishments are relevant, and how you can contribute to the company. Focus on what you can do for the potential employer, and why you’re the ideal job candidate.
- Proofread Twice: Don’t forget to proofread your CV at least twice. If possible get a friend who has a good command of grammar to proofread your CV for you.
The final CV advice we’d like to offer you is to never exaggerate on your CV!