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