Getting a job is a full-time job on its own. When it comes to searching for and actually landing your dream job, your resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) is very important. If you get this part of your job hunt correctly, you could be invited for an interview in no time, but if you get it wrong, it may result in a lot of disappointments.
Generally, writing the perfect CV that will eventually land you the dream job is the toughest aspect of getting a job for many youths and older people out there. This challenge even becomes more compounded as employers spend an average of 8seconds to skim through a CV before either tossing it into the trash or shelving it (so to speak).
Every job opening/vacancy is different in that the job roles and description is different for every company, even though the job title may seem similar. So every CV has to be different too because you would want to show your potential employers why your skill sets make you the best and perfect candidate to fill the job role or position that you are applying for.
In this article, I will show you how to write the perfect CV that will land you that dream job for 2018 and beyond. I will be sharing with you great and successful CV writing tips to get a chance at interviewing for your dream job. While the structure of most CV remains flexible and tends towards your unique and extraordinary skill sets and experiences, there are some sections or details that all employers expect to see on every CV irrespective.
1. Identify the right personal details to include
The first part of your CV should contain your name, professional title and contact details. Many folks out there erroneously put “Curriculum Vitae” as the heading of their CV which is very wrong. It is a complete waste of valuable space. Instead, your complete name should take the place of the “Curriculum Vitae” as the title of our CV.
You should learn what to include and what not to include in your CV as things like marital status and nickname may not be necessary unless otherwise indicated in the job description/criteria.
2. Include a personal statement
When writing your CV, include short, simple, straightforward statement to explain to the employer why you are the perfect candidate to fill the job role you are applying for instead of just assuming that the employer would see in your CV how perfectly qualified and fit you are for the role. Your personal statement should explain who you are, what you are bringing to the company, what you can offer the company, and what your career goals are and how the company fits into your career goals and aspirations.
3. Include relevant experiences and employment history
This section of your CV affords you the opportunity to let your potential employers know where you have previously worked and the experiences and achievements that you are bringing to them should you eventually join them. You should outline your previous jobs even if it is an internship or volunteer work as long as the experience you gained is relevant to the job you are applying for.
Outline your experience and employment history beginning from the most relevant experience to the job you are applying for. It is not necessary that you exhaustively list every experience or employment that you have had.
4. Education and professional qualifications
Just like your experiences and employment history, your educational and professional qualifications should be listed in a reverse chronological order, usually starting from the most recent educational qualifications and the most relevant professional qualifications to the job role you are applying for.
5. Keep it short and tailored to the job description
Remember that an employer spends an average of 8 seconds skimming through a CV, so your cv should not be more than 2-pages (A4 paper). So keep your CV short (you do not need to write your life history), and straight to the points that really matter to the employer.
Also, do not be tempted to use the same cv over and over again for all your job applications. This is laziness…. yeah, I know. We have all done it at some point. Take time to change the content of your cv for time to time and tailor it to the specific requirements of the job you are currently applying for. Make some research about the company you are applying for and the make sure to use the requirements listed in the job description to outline the exact skills and experiences you should include in your CV.
6. Keep it updated
Regardless of whether you are currently employed or you are job hunting, you should always keep your CV up-to-date. Add any significant event or occurrence in our career journey to your CV so that you do not forget in the future when you need to include it in your CV to apply for a job.
7. Be Honest. Do not lie
It is quite a popular trend to tell some lies on the CV, but it could put you in some major troubles and career denting situations if you lie on your CV and your employer verifies and checks your background and references. Of course, you wouldn’t want to lose your newly found job just because you lied on your CV, do you? You could also be embarrassed during the interview when you could not defend or answer questions on some certain areas you claim to know or have experience in.
It is bad practice and ethics to tell blatant lies or try to exaggerate your skills and experiences on your CV.
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