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How to write a CV

April 24, 2018

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How to write a CV

Writing a good CV can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting since were not taught in school to write one. Most employers spend just a few seconds scanning each CV before sticking it in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ pile. You can’t blame, can you?

Here are something you might want to know when writing your CV

Keep it simple

 

A CV should not extend beyond two pages. Employers spend up to 8 seconds going through each entry they get. You don’t want to have all the story of your life inside it. Keep it simple. Your personal details like name, address, age (not be compulsory), phone number, email, education background have etc has to be on your CV. Put this information in a strategic location and in legible fonts, easily noticeable by the employer and make sure the data are current.

Tell the truth

Everyone lies on their CV, right? No. Don’t lie just to get a job, it will come back and hunt you in the future. I know someone who was sacked because she wrote swimming as a hubby and she could not swim when the time came for her to swim. Employers want people they can trust. Stick to your truth, the right job will come anyway.

Make it look good

We are in a world of appearance, let your CV speak for you. Take some time to design it. Use bullet points and keep sentences short. You can use Canva to design your CV from the available templates. As long as your content is solid, employers will take a second look at your CV. What backfires is when you have a very good design but no good content in your CV.

These three points could mar or make your CV presentable to employers. Remember to put a personal statement, make sure your numbers are right. Also, update your CV as you progress in your career. You can also use LinkedIn to get jobs as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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