Do you want to learn how to create a winning CV that will make you the toast of every recruiter?
If you want to make a good first impression on a recruiter your social media presence comes first followed secondly by your CV.
Curriculum Vitae or CV as it is widely known is one of the first mean of contact between a job seeker and a potential employer.
Most job seekers have lost the opportunity to get a job due to some errors on their CV. According to statistics, 33% of CV contains a poor job description and only 7% of applicant who applied for a job post will get called for an interview.
Before you worry about the job interview and probably how to answer the common interview questions, a good CV is what will help you get through that recruiter’s door.
Make an error on your CV or send the wrong CV and you lose a chance to impress your interviewer.
What is A CV
There is a lot of confusion around the word CV. Some people used the term CV while others use resume. Using CV or resume depends on your preferred choice of language. CV is a English term while Resume is an American term for the same thing.
A CV is usually described as “the course of life”. This is because the term CV is derived from the Latin word “curriculum vitae”.
So we can safely describe CV as the “course of one’s work life”.
Guide to writing a winning CV
If you want to create a winning CV, it must obey the following rules.
Don’t of A Winning CV
Seriously no one send a hand written CV again. The only time you can send anything handwritten during the recruitment process is when you are writing a “thank you note” after an interview.
- Incorrect personal details
78% of most CV recruiters has seen contains a misleading information. Either through an act of commission or omission, make sure that your details are correct. This means crosschecking and probably asking someone else to review your details before you send it.
- Use of fancy patterns and water mark
Fancy patterns and water marks are a no-no. Your CV is an official document and should be treated as such. Your CV is not place where you show your skills or creativity. The major purpose of your CV is to drive the most important information to the recruiter not distract them.
- Use of photograph unless on request
Only 1% of resume has been seen to contain a photograph. Except where expressly stated, there is no need to include a photograph in your CV.
- Use of acronyms
Do those words strike a chord? The last probably does and MAD in career linguistic means “mutually agreed-to dispute settlement procedure”.
See why acronyms can be misleading. Eliminate every acronym from your resume.
- Use of Cap letters
Using an all caps means you are shouting or drawing attention to a particular statement. It is advisable to stay away from using an- all caps in your CV.
- Remove unnecessary details
There are lot of information that should not be on your CV. This information includes salary details here is how to negotiate a salary) , past failures, disappointments and your personal history. Any information that will not help you get the job should be removed from your CV.
Now we know what makes a bad CV. What then are the component of a winning CV?
- Personal details must be well organized.
A good CV should contain your personal information and must be well organized. Date of birth, gender, Age (except when it is going to work against you) and name must be properly and well written.
- Steer clear of funny email address.
Once during a recruitment exercise we all had a fit when a particular candidate’s email address reads “sexytoyin@”. It is hilarious, funny but not fit for an official purpose.
We can’t emphasis it enough but a CV is an official document. It is therefore important that everything written on it must be something you want an employer to see. Email addresses like the one above is not something you want an employer to send a response to.
Get an email address that you will use for official purpose from any of the email service provider or if you want to win the job search game by building a better personal brand, then a branded email like ‘’firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use the right tenses
Words are powerful and the way you use then on your CV matters. Use powerful, strong and active word and present tense to describe your current job functions.
In the same light make use past tense to describe your past work experience.
- Highlight your achievements and training
Recruiters are interested in what you can offer and not what they can offer you. They will pay attention to candidates who can show off their achievements, training and project been participated.
- Presentation is Key
A winning CV must be something you want to take home and read repeatedly. Okay I hope you understand what I am trying to say.
Make sure that your CV is well presentable and readable. Use a readable font type preferably Times new roman, Calibri. A recommended ideal font is 12pt and make sure it is properly formatted.
- Not more than 3 pages
There is not an ideal length for a CV but most recruiters will not read a CV that is more than 3 pages. If you are preparing an academic CV, then you are allowed to go beyond the 3 pages. One way to achieve this is to get read of unnecessarily information while using space appropriately.
- Tailored to the job
One major mistake a job applicant can make is to send a generic resume to a recruiter. This means a CV that will win the heart of a recruiter will be a resume that is informative, concise and tailored to the job you are applying for.
You can check this post for further samples of a good CV
Is your CV properly formatted, informative, concise and tailored to the job role you are applying for?
Now is the best time to check.
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