Helpful tips for Writing a CV
Helpful Tips for a Good CV
Always remember the CV hotspot – the upper middle area of the first page is where the recruiter’s eye will naturally fall, so make sure you include your most important information there.
A good CV is clear, concise and makes every point necessary without being vague. As employers receive dozens of CVs all the time, it is unlikely they will read each one thoroughly.
Most will make a judgment about a CV within sections, so stick to a maximum of two pages of A4 paper.
There is no right or wrong way to write a CV but there are some common sections you should cover. These might include:
- Personal and contact information – This refers to your current home address, telephone , email and skype details, date of birth, nationality and a photo.
- Work experience – Emphasise the parts of your career history that are most relevant to the position you are applying for (when applying to a waiter position, talk about your customer service skills and your ability to communicate and effectively serve a broad range of customers).
- Education and qualifications – Besides your academic qualifications, employers will want you to tell them about any training you have undertaken, such as food safety training, or health and safety courses.
- Relevant skills – These can include: communication skills, team working, multi-tasking, experience with food preparation or cocktail making, speaking a foreign language and computer skills, etc.
- Interests – Include anything that shows how diverse, interested and skilled you are. Don’t include passive interests like playing video games, solitary hobbies that can be perceived as you lacking in people skills. Make yourself sound really interesting.
- Personal attributes – This might include being : well presented, confident communicator, responsible, reliable and honest, fast learner, punctual, etc.
- References – The key is to pick referees who have knowledge of your skills and can recommend you to a potential employer. Make them available upon request.
Finally, make sure your CV is error-free as spelling and grammatical errors in your CV can have a very negative impact on potential employers.
Furthermore, we recommend you to review your CV on a regular basis and add any new skills or experience that is missing.