How to write a successful CV
Posted on 7th 8, 2015
There are many samples of CV written and posted on the internet everywhere. However, have you experienced confusing that you don’t know which rules you should follow? Remember, writing a CV is like showing your potentials to the people who have no idea about you. How you persuade those people to believe that you’re qualified for the position is what you are going to write on your CV.
Even though you’ve met all of the job requirements, you have much experience and strong educational background, if you can’t express yourselves on the CV, you cannot pass a CV selection stage. Therefore, the more you can sell yourselves concisely and authentically, the more your CV will be stand out from the crowd. But how? Here are some tips to write a good CV.
Get the basics right
There are no right or wrong answers to your CV, but there are some important aspects that you should focus on your CV, and by knowing what aspects the employers are looking for is a key to determine the success of your writing. Base on the survey, we would like to list the most important aspects you should stress on your CV in chronological order. Keep them in mind when you are writing your resume.
– Previous work-related experiences (including internship)
– Qualifications and skills (including past accomplishments)
– Education background (It becomes very important If you are a fresh graduate)
– Easy to read
– Spelling and grammar (mostly when you write your CV in English)
– Clear objectives
– Contact information
Keep it clear and short
Most employers spend less than a few minutes skimming the CV before branding “Not of interest”, “Maybe” or “Of interest”. Imagine if you were an employer and skim a resume for 3 minutes, how do you decide it? If your CV is difficult to read, unclearly presented, or contains irrelevant information, it’s likely he will move on to the next CV, so the layout should always be clean and well structured. Write your CV on A4 and with no more than 2 pages, and use A4 envelope to post an application to avoid being folded. Always keep things short and sweet.
Specify the CV to the requirements
Most people use a general CV applying to every company and doubt why they are never asked for an interview. It is a mistake. General CV can work with an only general position. However, if you apply for a specific position, it is always a must-do to read the requirements of the company and create a relevant CV to the position.
Tell the truth but don’t leave space
Most people lie on their CV, right? No! Stop it. No one wants disloyal people to work in their company. If you can get through a CV selection with your lying statement, you will get caught during a job interview. It would become awkward to get stuck when you can’t answer what you claim to know in your CV, so make it real and impressive. Make the most of the skills, interests, and experience. Include from your communication skills, computer skills to your teamwork or problem-solving skills. Try to use assertive and positive language under work experience such as “developed”, ”organised” or ”achieved” to attract employer’s interest. Never leave much space on your CV, or it’ll look mediocre.