Finding a job just about anywhere in the world will require a good CV. Since a lot of people still have trouble writing a good CV, we’re going to go through a few tips that should help you find a job this spring.
Know What to Include
A CV should include your basic contact information, your education and qualifications, your work experience, and any skills that could be relevant to the job you’re seeking. You can also include information such as certifications, awards you’ve won, languages you speak, and any publications you’ve written for. You should never include information about previous salaries or any personal information that isn’t relevant to the job for which you’re applying. On the other hand, some countries want information such as your marital status and whether you have any children, so do some research to find out if you’re applying for work in a country that might require some additional information.
Keep it to Two to Three Pages
Although a resume should fit all of your information to one page, a CV can be a little longer and more detailed. A good entry-level CV should be between two and three pages. With that being said, you still want to minimize your word usage. Use bullet points and sentence fragments that are short and to-the-point rather than full sentences. If you don’t know exactly how long a CV should be, just remember that shorter is always going to be better.
Tell the Truth
While it is sometimes tempting to bend the truth or even include false information on a CV to increase your odds of getting a job, this is a bad idea. Employers perform background checks and will contact your previous employers, and being caught in a lie will ruin your chances of getting hired anywhere.
Proofread Your CV
Your CV represents your chance to make a good first impression on an employer, so you want to put your best foot forward. Proofread and edit your resume to make sure that there are no typos, misspellings, or any information that isn’t relevant for the job you want.
Customize your CV
It’s okay to have one all-purpose CV that can be applied to most positions, but nothing you write will apply to every job. While you’re looking for open positions, do some research to find out what they’re really looking for in an applicant. Before you send in your CV, be sure to tweak it to make it more appropriate for that particular position. Not only will it make your CV look more impressive, but it will show that you care enough about the position to do some extra homework.