CV Writing Tips
Curriculum Vitae or CV means the story of your life. But that doesn't mean employers want a detailed description of everything you've ever done. Instead, what they want is a summary of your skills, education, and work experience in order to assess whether you're suitable for the job. Employers normally use your CV as a means to shortlist people for interview and so it is essential that it promotes your best points.
Here are some key things to remember when you're writing your CV:
- Mention things you are good at but don't go over the top
- Don't mention things you are bad at or say negative things about yourself
- Do not lie on your CV - it must be a true account of your skills
- Make sure your CV looks professional - it should be word-processed and printed on good quality paper
- Be concise - most employers prefer a one or two page CV
- Write in the first person - use phrases such as 'I did' and 'I achieved'
- Try and get across your enthusiasm and confidence (even if you don't feel it!)
- Make sure there are no spelling mistakes - employers have been known to throw away CVs that have typos in