CV shine?

Finweek English Edition - - ENTREPRENEUR -

Even in to­day’s web-driven world, your CV is still the sin­gle most pow­er­ful tool you have in your job search ar­se­nal. If you get it right, it can open doors to new ca­reers and op­por­tu­ni­ties. Get it wrong and you won’t even make it to the in­ter­view stage. Here are some use­ful tips to help you su­per­charge your CV.

TTHE EX­EC­U­TIVE SUM­MARY ry this ex­per­i­ment: print out your CV but don’t sta­ple it. Fold it as though you were putting it into an en­ve­lope. Then un­fold just the top f lap of page 1. Does it grab your at­ten­tion?

The first third of your CV is the most crit­i­cal part of the en­tire doc­u­ment, so make it count. You need a con­cise, well-writ­ten pro­file sec­tion that gives a high-level out­line of your strengths and unique skills and tal­ents. These should be rel­e­vant to your ca­reer goals and to the job that you’re ap­ply­ing for. THE BODY How can you im­prove your CV writ­ing and make it eas­ier to read? One way is to write it like a Pow­erPoint deck, rather than writ­ing it for Word or an­other word pro­cess­ing pro­gramme. In­stead of long para­graphs, use short, con­cise bul­lets (each max­i­mum two lines long) per sec- tion. Start each bul­let with strong, spe­cific ac­tion verbs that out­line what you’ve done. To make your CV more pow­er­ful, use the ac­tive form (“I won the award for Team Player of the Year”) rather than the pas­sive (“The award for Team Player of the Year was won by me”). TAI­LOR YOUR CV FOR EACH JOB THAT YOU’RE AP­PLY­ING FOR Yes, this takes more work but it will im­prove your chances of get­ting the

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