How to Write a Good CV /Resume
Writing a Good CV is an Essential Step in Job Search.
Writing a good CV is one of the most important steps to building a great career, sadly most people do not give it the attention it deserves. Having studied all these past years surely a few minutes of your time to draft a well-structured CV would not be too much to ask, I sure hope not. Here we will talk about how to write a good CV/resume, a resume that stands out from the rest.
A recruitment manager can scan through a CV in just under 15 seconds and from that can tell if they would consider giving your CV some serious attention. So writing a resume that will pull them in requires a well-planned and structured CV. You won’t believe the number of CVs an employer sometimes would receive for one particular vacancy, yours could be one of them and the whole point of this article is to help yours stand out.
CV Design: What to include?
In general, a CV should be a summary of who you are and should most usually include the following.
How to write a good cv
When you write a CV, you should include your personal details which include surname; first names, date, country of birth, identity number, gender, marital status, driver’s license, address and contact numbers.
With the 11 official languages in South Africa stating which one or should I say which ones you can speak fluently can be a great advantage.
Computer literacy is a “big yes” lately, and could be decisive advantage at some intense.
Include work experience past and present.
If you have been employed before your current job, also include part-time jobs and volunteer work. This shows the recruiter how productive you have and can be to the company.
Skills & Achievements
Be specify and give extra detail to what your skills and achievements are.
Example phrase: “I have coordinatedand headed a sales service team to good customer satisfaction which saw figures shoot up 12% in a space of 6 great months by researching good practices from a broad range of industries”
Hobbies & interests
Your basic skills, characteristics, and hobbies should be mentioned. It’s what a person does off the job sometimes that interests the employer.
.Always check-in with your references before you include them on your
CV and if they are still available to use as a reference.
Make sure that their contact information is still valid.
How Long Should Your Resume Be?
Having a CV that is not more than 3 pages is ideal, a good CV or resume should be short and on point. Avoid writing paragraphs that say (“I’m going to bored you death if you don’t stop reading right this moment”) keep it “short and sweet”.
Using bullet points is also a good practice as it saves you from using or including the wrong words. And what words are those? You ask, well it’s one of the most overlooked step when drafting a CV words like:
Excellent communication skills
These words have been around for a historic while and don’t really carry a punch. Use words that formulate or demonstrate a strong and confident persona. Words such as
Write your owe CV, and do not just copy another person’s CV because it might include information that is not related to you. Remember most of the time when you in an interview, questions are asked based on what is on your CV.
Pick a good font – it should be easy and clear to read – shouldn’t be too big or too small either, I would suggest you try “Calibri”, “Georgia” and “Helvetica” fonts and should not exceed and font size of “12” for the CV content. For the headings, a font size “14” works best.
When you download a CV template, do not use the content on there. Use it as a blueprint
It’s good practice to adjust / tweak your CV to show relevance to a position you are applying for.
Do some research on the employer, see how your experience can merge into the company and include it in your CV in the summary?
Recheck your CV / resume for spelling and grammar errors.