How to Write a CV

OK, I’ll be straight up with you. Stick to what you’re good at and if you are bad at composing a CV, well, outsource it to CareerGuidance.ie!! Check out this CV Writing Service link, otherwise, continue reading if you want to know how to write a CV!!!

 

Step One, How to Write a CV – Lets ask some questions first……

 

General CV applications usually fail. You must tailor your CV for each job application and position. You should have a generic CV that allows you to be adaptable, that is the format allows you to be able to change your CV rather easily.

 

Targeting your CV – ask the question; have you targeted your CV at the skills and experience required and highlighted within the job description? Have you explicitly proved that you have the skills required for that role?

 

Now don’t list your skills, have you demonstrated how you’ve shown each skill?

 

Have you used positive action words and key words from the personal specification? Words such as:

 

Ability; achieved; analysed; administered; conceived; determined; enthusiasm; enhanced; formed; guided; guaranteed; implemented; instigated; introduced; ingenuity; initiative; judgement; lasting; launched; maintained; managed; merit; negotiated; organised; performed; progress; planned; presented; promoted; redesigned; responsible; stability; stimulated; surpassed; thorough

 

Have you highlighted the main points? Remember, make them stand out and be noticed. Are your dates of employment easy to see? Have you check, double checked, asked a family member to check and double check your CV for spelling and grammar?

 

Does your CV look attractive, does your CV contain enough white space and is it easy to read? Is your CV short? Academic CV can be four pages in length, but most CV’s should be two pages.

 

Finally, ask the question: Have you whetted the reader’s appetite?

 

To summarise, you must first ask these nine questions before you even consider how to write a CV:

  1. Have you demonstrated how you’ve shown each skill (Rather than just listed them)?
  2. Have you targeted your CV at the skills and experience required?
  3. Have you used positive action words and key words from the personal specification?
  4. Have you highlighted the main points?
  5. Are the dates easy to see?
  6. Have you checked the spelling and grammar?
  7. Is it attractive and easy to read?
  8. Is your CV short (two pages)?
  9. Have you whetted the reader’s appetite?

 

Keep an eye on our blog, our next blog post will cover more CV related topics…….

 

Diarmuid Haughian

MA Career Guidance, QCG

 

How to Write a CV

How to Write a CV