How To Write A Professional CV – Part 1

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The employment search is arguably more challenging than ever. In today’s highly competitive job market, having a professional CV is just so important. It’s the first thing that differentiates you from the competition and is key to securing your next job.

Your CV and LinkedIn Profile, is all you have to sell yourself. If these don’t tell the employer/recruiter how good you are, how will they know? To help you The CVSquad has created a series of videos, explaining short and easy, how to create an effective and successful CV.

The 5 key elements needed in a professional CV

The sole purpose of a CV is to get the interest of the employer/recruiter and to pass you through to the next stage of the application process. Creating a successful CV you should consider the following 5 key elements:

  • Content, Structure & Style
  • Recruitment & Application Tracking Software (ATS) Compatibility
  • Positioning & Terminology
  • ‘Red flags’ such as gaps in employment
  • Spelling & Grammar

Content, Structure & Style – Part 1: Summary

This week, we will look at the first key element Content, Structure & Style and explain how to create a strong and eye catching summary.

The most valuable real estate in a CV/Resume is the top half of the 1st page: Don’t waste it! Have an inspiring, hard-hitting summary that establishes the focus of the CV/Resume and gives a quick overview of what you have to offer an employer. Research the positions and requirements of the roles that you want to apply to and ensure that your summary contains the right buzz- and keywords.

Start with a strong clear statement of who you are and what you do. Make sure your intro is powerful, rich in detail and avoid cliches. Then add 2-3 additional sentences about you and your strengths. Use the first person here, not third. A CV is a personal document and we want to keep it that way. Close your summary with a clear objective.

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