Writing a good CV is one thing. Crafting a great CV that stands out is another.
The difference between the two lies in how they’re written and structured.
A great CV follows a style and format that effectively emphasises your work experience and qualifications. It’s also customised so that it will get the attention of recruiters and hiring managers right away.
That said, here are three tips that can help you write a great CV:
1: Get the basics in place.
Creating a great CV starts with its layout. Adding headers to each section of your CV will make it easy for recruiters to scan and find the skills and experience they’re looking for in a potential candidate.
Your CV must never have any grammar and spelling mistakes. At the same time, you need to make sure that your contact details here are current. One way to check this is by reading your CV out loud. That way, you can quickly spot any errors. Running your CV through a grammar checker like Grammarly will help you also check your CV for any mistakes as well as readability and proper word choice.
The length of your CV is just as important. In New Zealand, a CV that’s between two and three pages long is considered acceptable by most industries.
2: A great CV comes with a unique personal statement.
Your personal statement is a short sentence that concisely tells recruiters and hiring managers what sets you apart, and why they should hire you.
Since recruiters and hiring managers go through a lot of CVs, you only have a few seconds to grab their attention. So choose your words carefully, and position this at the top of your CV so that it’s the first thing they see.
3: Emphasise what you have to offer to employers.
Your unique selling proposition (USP) is what you have to offer your employer concerning your skills, experience, and qualifications.
If this is not emphasised on your CV, then how the hiring manager or employer know why they should hire you?
Your USP has to be unique and relevant to the employer’s needs. It is for this very reason, customizing your CV and cover letter for each job application is advised.