How to write a successful CV Part 3 – Top CV writing tips
1. Check for typing errors
This is really important. Poor spelling is a reason for most recruiters to reject your application. Make sure you spell check each time you amend the documents, ask a friend to proof read the final version of your CV.
2. Read the job description
Before you spend too much time on applying for ‘that dream job with the impressive sounding job title, or exciting salary and benefits package, make sure your have studied the job description and used it to amend your CV and show you’re a good fit for the role.
3. Tailor your CV for the role
Have several versions of your CV available so you can target the role you’re going for. Do some research so you understand what employers are looking for and apply this knowledge to make sure you get to interview.
4. Use specific keywords
As more and more recruiters use job sites to search for candidates based on specific keywords, it’s important to try and include the terms which describe you and relate to the kinds of position you’re looking for in your CV. Get these from the advert and job description if you have one.
5. Use Power words. (See list below)
Power words / verbs are key the success of your CV. You should aim to use some of these words at the beginning of bullet points. For example, many CVs have points such as “I was responsible for increasing turnover through restructuring ranging.” This would sound better with a power word starting the sentence, “Increased turnover through restructured ranging”.
6. Be positive
Describe your attributes and experiences in positive terms. See how some negative statements can be improved.
|Negative statements||Expressing things more positively|
|I feel I am a good communicator.
During this experience I had to manage ten people.
|I am a good communicator.
During this experience I successfully managed ten people.
|Even though I failed to achieve my target, I learned a great deal about increasing sales.||Through this experience I learned a great deal about sales management.|
|Some people have told me that I have good project management skills.||I have excellent project management skills.|
|I have had a few relevant experiences.||I have substantial relevant experience.|
|I believe in diversity and equal opportunities.||I am committed to diversity and equal opportunities.|