How To Write A CV That Will Grab Attention

WriterWriting a great CV (curriculum vitae) isn’t always easy, especially in today’s tough economic climate.  When jobs are plentiful, you can get away with having one that just is good enough and adequately illustrates your experience.  However, with increased competition for jobs, employers now have a large pool of talent to choose from.  So what does that mean for you?  That means you are going to have to step up your game and really create a CV that will grab the attention of the employers.  How do you go about creating a CV that will really impress potential employers?  Here are three good ways:

Put your most impressive work first

For English speaking countries, the human eye is trained to read from top to bottom, left to right.  So it is natural for anyone looking at your resume to look at the top of your CV first.  So by putting your most impressive work and accomplishments on the top, you will ensure that your CV gets noticed.  If a recruiter has a lot of resumes to go through, they will not spend more than a couple of minutes on a resume.  So it is important that you show them a reason why they should spend more time on your resume.

But remember, what’s impressive to you may not be impressive to potential employers.  So think like a recruiter; what would a recruiter want to see first?  If it is a computer programming job you are applying for, then you might want to put all the programming languages you know first and foremost.  Be sure to start with the most complicated or sought after languages first.  So what does that mean?  That means you should put HTML, JavaScript, and PHP last in favor of Python and Ruby on Rails.

Leave out anything unnecessary

Leave out anything that doesn’t have to do with the job you are applying for.  If you are applying for a position as a budget analyst, you do not need to talk about your prior career in retail sales.  However, that is not say that you should leave out everything that doesn’t deal directly with the job you are applying.  Putting in experience in tertiary or related fields will definitely help your resume as it shows that you have a wide knowledge base.  So going along the lines of the budget analyst example, you should definitely put in your experience as a tax accountant or a project manager if you have such experience.

Approach your CV with a minimalist attitude

Too many people make the mistake of cluttering up their CV, trying to fit as much as possible on that one page.  That’s a big mistake.  Clutter makes it hard on the eye.  Rather, you should adopt a minimalist approach when trying to write your CV.  If you have a plethora of prior experience, then you should just pick a few of your most impressive projects and talk extensively about them—rather than giving a brief synopsis of all ten of your prior projects.

 

So the next time you are applying for a job and sending in your CV, remind yourself that your CV should convey the most important information first, should leave out anything unnecessary, and should not be cluttered.  If you do these three things, you can be sure that your CV will get a more extensive look.

About the author:
Felix Tarcomnicu is the CEO and founder of ResumeOK.com. There he writes tips and CV templates for job seekers.

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