A CV is the first document an employer looks at when screening the application of an applicant, and this simple document have being the “Hercules heel” of most applicant because of lack of professionalism in preparing their CV.

As we all know a CV is suppose to contain a detail breakdown of our educational background, qualification attained, work experience, personal biography, work history etc, that are the basic necessary detail needed to create a CV. what most people don’t know is that the CV must be tailored to the standard, operation type and employment requirement of what the company needs in terms of the position they are advertising, because the qualification a CV presents that is not align with their needs will not be considered. Here are things you need to consider when writing your CV.

  • In a case like this you must look closely at the advertisement to know what they need so as to give you the right idea on what to present. Go through every details because they are important
  • Ensure you tailor your CV base on the employer/recruiter requirement in relation to the skills, qualifications, experience etc . They are some skills that can be transferred in different fields, even though you might lack the qualification but those skills can still sell you.
  •  Always use an easy to read font such as 10-12 Arial or the one they want if it’s indicated by the company, which in most case they rarely do.
  • Your CV should be less than 1-3 pages to avoid putting unnecessary data that will turn off your employer. It’s important to make your CV short and concise, because employers don’t have the time to go through long and bulky CV’s, when they have a lot of other candidates CV’s to screen.
  • Let your layout be consistent throughout the document to make it look professional and properly arranged. You can search on Google for professional CV template you can use.
  • Let every data you type be easy to read especially your contact detail. It’s recommended you type your contact on the header so they can be displayed on all pages.
  • You must ensure your spellings and grammars are accurate to avoid being misunderstood when your application is read and don’t ever use jargon’s or abbreviation because they will be misunderstood.
  • Never leave out the prominent information about yourself, let them be at prominent position that can be easily be read.
  • When writing points about yourself, you should be careful not to blow it out of proportion with too much exaggeration. Just make it precise with a sense of confidence. Highlight mostly on your achievement  because employer need candidates that will help them achieve their goals and objectives.
  • In the aspect of arrangement, you can use a CV format that can guide you on how to place the information appropriately and neat.
  • As a last resort, you can give your already written CV to a professional to either view for editing or indicate area of errors for you to make improvement.

When writing your CV, you should have it in mind that you won’t be there when recruiters/employer are screening your CV but it’s your CV that speaks on behalf of you. So you have to ensure that your CV give the recruiter/employer a very good impression of you. You should always write your CV base on what the employer wants.

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