How to write the perfect CV Part 2: Key Principles

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1 Jun 2021

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You put a lot of effort in writing your CV but you still haven’t been noticed and you are wondering what you are doing wrong? We have all been there no matter how much experience we have, wondering how to structure our experience in an effective way.


As already discussed in How to write the perfect CV Part 1 , a perfect CV format shows the employer your understanding of the position. But after choosing the right format, what’s the next step? Clearly principles that allow you to have a clear structure! 


  1. Relevance 


Remember to write your CV targeting the job you are applying for. This include relevant skills and experience. For example, if you are applying for a position that requires good organisation skills, shows how your past experience helped you achieved this specific skill, also if not related to this particular one.


2. Order


One of the most important things when writing your CV: order. Employers don’t usually spend hours reading every CV they received, but they read through the first part of all of them. This is why it’s important to have a catchy headline such as ‘writer and editor’ that summarises your skills and experience. When writing the CV itself, put your most relevant information first and give it the most space.


3. Format


As we’ve already seen in Part 1 there are four different types of format: chronological, skills-based, academic and combination of chronological and skills-based. What you’ll have to remember when formatting your CV is: be consistent in the layout, have a good balance of text and space and have careful use of italics, bold and underling.


4. Attention to detail


Double check your spelling and grammar. Be careful in this stage, as a CV with spelling mistakes won’t probably be considered by employers. If you don’t trust your proofreading skills, ask someone to read it for you to have an outside and fresh point of view.


5. Letter


CV are impersonal and objective pieces that tell employers about your experience and skills. That’s why you need a covering letter to show your personal voice. This shows why you want to apply for the position and your motivation. Always include a covering letter, unless you are asked not to. 

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