3 Ways You Can Write a Great CV

Chris McQueen

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Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) plays a vital role in finding a great job. It's the first thing your potential new boss will look at. It goes without saying that you'll need to make it appealing both visually and content-wise.

Here are 3 simple ways to impress your future boss and succeed in your quest to find a new employer.

1. Put yourself in his shoes

When writing your CV it's important to put yourself in the shoes of the reader. What kind of CV would you want to read? What skills and abilities would you look out for?

Often the most important impression is the first one. Make sure your CV is appealing and stands out. Then have a look at your skill set and past experiences. Are they relevant to the job you're applying for?

If your CV can answer these questions at first glance, then it's bound to be sorted onto the "Good-needs more research"-pile of your employer's desk.

2. Only write what is true

Often applicants layer it on thick. While this is not forbidden, don't lie about your abilities. If you, for example, say you're a team player, but actually prefer working alone, you won't make it through the next round of interviews. Lying is never worth it.

The interviewer might ask you about your ability or your skill, which you initially wrote as a lie. The question will confuse you and you'll be dishonest. Interviewers know if you're lying.

So rather play it safe and remember to write down what you know well and can talk about.

3. Adapt it to the position your applying for

Nothing is more annoying to an interviewer than an application that isn't tailored to the job. Imagine applying for an office job. And your references are all about fixing cars and working in a garage. Your interviewer will hardly see you fit for this job, unless you can use your background knowledge to your advantage.

If you do have a general course or certificate that is always valid, you might want to consider adding it. However, if this causes you to stumble when the question arises, leave it out. Interviewers can only ask questions about what they see in on the CV.

Adapt your CV to fit the job description to a T.

Keep trying

Applications will get declined. But don't let that discourage you from applying. There will be a company out there that is looking for someone just like you.

Stay strong and keep up the good work.

Thanks for reading.

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