CV Writing Tips
|Be Clear on Type of CV Format|
It is vital to determine from the outset, the type of CV format you would need. There are different CV formats, depending on the type of employment or profession you are seeking to apply to.
There are basically four or five CV formats to choose from. These are Chronological CV (also called performance CV if presented in a reverse chronological form), Functional CV, Targeted CV, and Combination CV. You can read more on each of these types of CVs at the CV formats section.
Most professional or some industry related employments like nurses, doctors, architects, or health care assistants, may do well presenting their CV in chronological order to highlight their career progression so far.
For business managers or those changing employment to unrelated, fields, they may choose to pick a functional or targeted CV format that highlights their achievement and functional prowess. The aim here is to demonstrate that they have "in demand transferable skills".
Combined CV as the name implies is an amalgamation of chronological and functional CV.
If you are not sure of the format to use, see a sample CV for your profession from a colleague, or read more and get further details on CV writing format from the CV Formats page.
Also see the sample CV page for examples of CV by professions.
Once you have agreed on the type of format, your journey on how to write good CV is off on a good start. You need to then draw a rough draft.
Many recruitment experts want the use of bullet points to highlight information. It makes it looks distinct and concise. It you are applying for a general position, one or two pages are okay for a CV.
For some specialist or managerial post, you will need a little more. See the various positions below for examples
When pages are presented with free spaces available, it lightens up the look of the presentation. So do not crowd the page
Presentation is King here too. You must aim to present a pristine concise looking CV. No short cuts. How you word process this your marketing document is vital.
Use a size 12 or 14 font. A serif or Times New Romans text format will do, with headings being in Sans Serif. Always use a double word spacing…it makes reading more comfortable. Your paper should have margins of at least 2.5cm on both sides.
Never underline any heading, word or paragraph on your CV. Avoid the use of too many fonts or text format.
A 80 – 100 grams size white printer paper is excellent. You may elect to use colored paper, but I would rather avoid that.
Use a laser printer only please. It comes out better, and makes photocopying great too.
Do not ever do the following when writing or submitting a CV for job application:
|CV Writing Resources|
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