A CV, also known as curriculum vitae, is a document that represents your work experience and skill set; they’re similar to resumes. Job seekers often prefer to use one over the other.
How can you perfect your CV?
Include a brief profile at the top half of the first page. CV’s can read dryly. They don’t contain a lot of information other than work experience, publications, and skills. Use the profile section to grasp your employer’s attention and show your personality.
Keep it to two pages. You need to be succinct. Most employers and recruiters only give your CV 5-7 seconds before deciding whether you’re a good fit. Focus on the most important information–what you want to stand out.
Don’t skip the cover letter. Create a unique cover letter for each position you’re applying. Include one every time, unless an employer tells you otherwise.
Only include relevant information. Delete any information that isn’t pertinent to the job to which you’re applying. Include any non-traditional experience—temporary positions, internships, seasonal projects, and short term work.
Skip the objective. Unless it’s required, most employers don’t look at them. Instead, it takes up prime real estate.
Don’t forget to check formatting, grammar, and spelling. Do this several times before submitting. It’s helpful to use spelling and grammar programs, such as Grammarly, Hemingway App, and ProWritingAid.
Do your homework. Research the company and include keywords and phrases found in the company’s About page and job ad. You’ll pass talent management programs that discard resumes and CV’s without relevant keywords.
Which section is your CV’s weakest link? How will you improve your CV?