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A well written CV can open many doors for a job seeker. It’s essentially the first chance at an interview and your only chance to sell yourself to a company. So an example such as the above quote is NOT going to be attractive to an employer.
80% of all CVs sent to companies get thrown away because of the volume of job seekers today. So, your CV needs to be engaging and entice the employer to continue reading once they have chosen to review your CV. Here are a few tips that can help you to achieve a well written CV and a few examples of what not to say;
Your CV has to be visually attractive, easy to read, no clutter and no more then two pages long. If an employer has hundreds of CVs to get through then he will immediately be put off by a CV that has a lot of information squashed onto one page or a CV that’s four pages long. First appearances are everything.
This should include; name, contact details, address, phone number and your email address. Your contact details are essential. If your details are in the wrong place, missing or you have supplied the wrong information, then you may have missed your chance of a phone call to confirm that long awaited interview.
What not to say: Personal: “Married 20 years; own a home, along with a friendly mortgage company”.
This section should contain the summary of your educational history including any relevant training. This will start with your latest and most relevant education such as your Third level education or other relevant training that was completed after the Leaving Certificate. You will state what you have studied and in what institution.
What not to say: "I have a bachelorette degree in computers."
Start with your most recent experience. A common mistake made by people is positioning their employment in order of date, starting with their earliest. The employer would like to see what you are currently working in or what you have done up to the time of applying for the position. In this section you must including the position within the company and all responsibilities that came with the position
What not to say: "Extensive background in public accounting. I can also stand on my head!"
This section allows the employer to develop a broader understanding of your personality. The activities that you do outside work will reflect more of your personal traits. E.g. Sports, Art, or Reading. Those who play a lot of sports tend to be quite competitive and driven in the work place.
What not to say: "I love dancing and throwing parties."
Finally at the bottom of your CV you have space to supply the reader with contact details for your previous employers. This allows the employer to confirm that you did work there.
What not to say: Reason for leaving last job: The owner gave new meaning to the word 'paranoia.' I prefer to elaborate privately."
Other keys factors for a successful CV are points such as;
-Continually updating your Cv
-Attention to detail in preparing your CV
-Ensure your spelling is 100% correct, you do not want to have mistakes such as the following
“Served as assistant sore manager."
“Special skills: Thyping."
It is very important to update your CV with the most relevant experiences for the position you are applying for. Even if it takes more time it is worth the preparation to create a more detailed CV rather than a boring generic one that will not engage your reader.
mgi recruitment wishes you the very best of luck in your job seeking and if you ever need any help, we would be delighted to hear from you.