Curriculum Vitae is Latin for "course of life", often shortened as CV it is a written overview of someone's life's work including their education, qualifications, skills and experience.
They may be used for a variety of reasons, however, the most common of these is to send to prospective employers when looking for a new job.
Your CV is the first chance you get to make a good impression on a potential employer. A top-quality CV will considerably boost your chance of getting a face-to-face interview, so it is worth spending time and effort on the content and presentation.
Your personal statement is the first thing a potential employer sees when they open your CV, meaning that getting it right is absolutely vital if you want them to read more about your skills.
Focus on covering who you are, what you can offer, and what your career goals are – referring back to the job description to help you identify the specific skills the employer is looking for.
Make your CV unique. Anyone can talk about what they can bring to the company using a variation of vague adjectives – but you want to stand out. This means placing an emphasis on your most impressive, interesting, and relevant skills and abilities.
The key? Use examples to back up your claims, but don’t overdo it. Sum up the specific skills and experience that make you perfect for the position, but keep it as short and succinct as possible.
This means that sending the same CV every time you apply for a job will not be doing you any favours when it comes to impressing an employer. Instead, you should alter your CV in line with the role you’re applying for, using the job description, company information, and any other details you find from your company research.
Remember: a CV is all about selling yourself effectively, through your skills and experience. If the ones you list aren’t relevant, the employer isn’t going to be able to see how you match up.
Your CV won’t stand out if you don’t get the basics right. It’s vital to write a CV that’s clear, concise, and to-the-point (no more than two pages). And, to ensure common grammar mistakes or typos aren’t holding you back, always read your CV thoroughly before submitting it.
Finally, make sure your CV layout is easy-to-navigate, with your personal details, personal statement, work experience, achievements, education, and hobbies listed in a logical order.
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