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Writing Good Curriculum Vitae – Tosin Adekanmbi

Now that the first half of 2017 is wrapping it’s time to look at the goals again. Some of us have set goals for our career but are yet to make our best moves. Having a good Resume is one of the first steps in getting the job you want. If you are a fresh graduate you may not know the first thing about selling your skills through your Resume. If you are not a fresh graduate you probably have a Resume already. So before you start clicking away on every job website and submitting Resume hoping to book a job interview, you need to check that Resume again to ensure it will sell your skills, get employers looking in your direction and land you your best job yet in 2017.

Kathy Cowen member of the Guardian Culture Professionals Network shared some top tips on creating a memorable and readable CV. Below is five of the tips.

Get the Basics right

There is no hard and fast rule about writing a good Resume but there are some common sections that must be covered. Personal and contact information; education and qualification; employment history/ experiences; relevant skills to the job; interests and achievements.

Presentation is key

For your CV to be get viewed it must be carefully and clearly presented and printed on a clean crisp white paper. The layout of your CV should be clean and well structured. When making an application by post ensure you use an A4 envelope to ensure the CV isn’t folded or crumpled. Include your most vital information in the CV hotspot which is the upper middle area of the CV.

Tailor your CV to the role

To write a successful CV ensure you’ve read in detail the job description and person specification required and tailor your CV to those requirement. There is no such thing as a generic CV so every cv sent out to an employer must be tailored to the job. You don’t have to rewrite the CV every time all you have to do is adapt the details of the CV so its relevant.

Making the most of experience

Be very selective of words used on your Resume. Use assertive and positive language under the work history and experience sections such as “organized”, “achieved” or “developed”. Relate the skills you’ve acquired to the job you are applying for. Describe results you achieved especially using percentages and charts  to describe how they improved the organization. For example I created a filing system within the administrative department that saved 75% of time wasted in retrieving information.

Keep your CV updated

It’s crucial to review your Resume on a regular basis and add any new skills or experience that’s missing. For example if you’ve done any volunteering job or worked on a new project, make sure they’re on your Resume as potential employers are always impressed with candidates who go the extra mile to boost their own skills and experience.

Now you have the tools needed, get cracking on creating that CV that’ll sell your skills and get employers looking in your direction.

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