You know what a cv is, right? Of course, you do.
A curriculum vitae is a written overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications designed to attract potential employers. The Latin phrase loosely translates as [the] course of [my] life, so it’s about all parts of your life that have a bearing on your suitability for a particular job.
This is your advertisement to attract a seat face-to-face with a recruiter. All they’ve got to work on is what you ’ve written, so it really is important. Yet the truth is that many college leavers get it wrong. Here’s our guide to making the most of your cv sales pitch.
No app for that
The first place you’re likely to look when you come to write your cv is the Internet. You’ll find it’s awash with fill in online templates,
downloadable as a PDF, for a small fee. Forget that! They all start with
‘how do you want it to look?’. Consistency in formatting is a must,
but it’s not so much how it looks as what’s in it that matters. Do it yourself, the old-fashioned way on Word, taking your time. Then you’ve had it saved in an easily edited format for ongoing use.
The most crucial argument for writing your cv yourself is that, if you really want to get that dream career, you need to customize your cv for every single job you apply to. One coat does not suit all – would you wear your big baggy jumper that’s perfect for curling up on the sofa on a winter’s night to a nightclub? Your clear effort to tailor your cv to your understanding of a particular job and employer will set you apart.
The long and the short of it
When it comes to your cv, size is important and the right size is two pages (that’s two sheets of A4 printed on one side only). One page screams of nothing to say and more and two pages, well, it says you might be a bit long-winded. We tried out one online template and downloaded an untidy, seven-page monster! Don’t do that. Moreover, recruiters are very busy people and they don’t want to have to pore over pages and pages of text (you probably wouldn’t want to have to do that either). The trick is to get all the important bits into those two pages. Again, that’s where the standard Word 9or equivalent) programme comes to the fore, allowing you to read and re-read, edit and re-edit to get it right.