Tips on how to write a CV that will get you interviews.
Posted 08 Jul, 2020
Author - Omobolanle Ajetunmobi
Tips on how to write a CV that will get you interviews.
When you are on the hunt for a job, your CV is often the only chance you have to make an eye-catching first impression. With employers usually having to sort through hundreds (sometimes thousands) of job applications, badly written or formatted CVs are usually thrown on the trash immediately.
The format of your CV is the first thing that potential employers will notice, so it is vital that you pay proper attention to it. Ensure your CV looks clean and professional. Ensure the first page has enough to get the attention of anyone reading your CV.
Here are a few tips:
Keep it concise
Employers normally will not have the time or inclination to properly read a CV that is more than a few pages. A good rule of thumb is to keep your CV at two pages long, although for certain professions (such as accounting or engineering), you may need to stretch it to three pages.
Use the right Font
Steer away from using flowery or cartoonish fonts such as Sago or Monotype Corsiva. Keep it simple with clean, modern fonts such as Calibri or Arial, in size 11 - 12.
Use the Right Headings
Start each section of your CV with a bold heading to make for easy reading and referencing. You can also use lines underneath each section to separate them clearly.
Proofread your CV
Spelling and grammar errors are an absolute no-no. Make sure that all your grammar is correct: errors in these areas show sloppiness.
Do not use unnecessary Borders
You do not have to add one, but a simple, straight-lined border can give a professional look to your CV. Keep your border width at 1.5 points or less: any thicker and you will detract attention from the body of the CV.
Save your CV in multiple Versions
The way your CV is saved on a computer is an aspect that is often overlooked. Saving in Microsoft Word can result in format changes when opened on other computers, so in addition have a PDF version.
What to include in your CV?
Now we get to the important part: the information you will include in your CV. You can structure your CV as follows:
Use your name as the main title and include your contact telephone number, and email address.
Add a short general description of yourself and the personal characteristics that make you the best candidate for the job. Avoid ranting or repeating yourself.
Add the relevant technical skills you have acquired that will show the hiring manager that you are the right person for the job.
Add your work experience. You should add your most recent work experience first. So, if you are currently employed, start by listing your position and the length of time you have been at your company. Summarise your duties. You can then do the same for any previous positions you have held. If you have not had a permanent job before, then you could add any part-time jobs, internships, or work shadowing you have done.  
Move on to your education, start with your most recently completed qualification, the name of the institution, and the years you were studying.
If you have any work-related awards or completed any highly notable projects, then you can add them in now.
These are general guidelines and they can be tweaked. Tailor your CV to suit each job you are applying for, make sure that you highlight the skills and personal characteristics that are most relevant.
Share this post
teapotNG is an online trading platform of Teaplant Nigeria Limited. RC 1411634