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How To Write A CV: Write Your First CV In 1 Hour Or Less

Posted on April 15 2017 by Shirley Brown

How to Write A CV: Write Your First CV In 1 Hour Or Less

Writing a CV is pretty simple. Just follow the instructions below. You'll have your own CV done in 1 hour or less. Let's get going!

Here are the most important things you need to know:

1: In the upper left corner write your full name, phone number, email, birthday and nationality

I've seen many people make the mistake of putting their nickname in their email. It looks childish. Don't get fancy about it. The best emails are in the format: firsname.lastname@domainname.com

2: Your CV should be 1 or 2 pages long. Studies have shown that the recruiters prefer reading CVs of less than 1 page

Always think from the perspective of the person reading your CV. Ask yourself: "Is this information really necessary?", "Do they really care about this particular past achievement".

This is more about the person who is reading your CV than about your achievements. They receive dozens of CVs for any available job. They are in the "disqualification mode". If you give them only the relevant and the necessary bits, they will have no reason to disqualify your CV. As a result, they will contact you for an interview.

It's better to leave things out than to overwhelm them with unnecessary information. Use your common sense on this one.

3: Add your paid and unpaid professional experience. Explain exactly what you did. Mention the title of the job and the name of the company you worked for. Write all of them in chronological order

4: Write about your education experience. Mention the name of the schools you attended, the most important courses and anything else that they may find important and relevant.

5: Don't try to persuade them. The CV is for listing your track record. They look at it only to decide if your experience is relevant enough for the job they offer.

Keep your persuasive arguments for the cover letter. A cover letter is a letter addressed to the employer who listed the open position you apply for. In it you describe why you are the right person for the job. The cover letter can and should make much of an impression on them than the CV.

6: List your other achievements. They can be anything from owning a driving license, non profit work to military service. They should be provable and important enough

7: Mention the languages you know. You need to include your level of expertise for each language. The levels can be called beginner, intermediate and advanced. Differentiate your expertise based on writing, reading and speaking

Be careful about this one. Don't lie! They might test your language abilities.

8: Describe your computer knowledge and experience. Mention the software you are proficient at

9: Add your hobbies and the things that interest you. If something keeps you late at night and you are comfortable with them knowing about it then you should add it here

10: Write a few paragraphs about your future goals and objectives. They want to know if you are a reliable candidate. Their nightmare is that you will quit a few months after they hire you.

11: Optional: add recommendations from past employers

Writing a CV is about pulling relevant information from many different sources. You have to describe your own track record in plain English. Take your time. Follow the above instructions to the letter and half of the hiring process will be done for you.

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