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How To Write a Successful CV

When applying for a job, you will be asked for a curriculum vitae or CV. Some companies may ask for a résumé, which is another word for "CV". This is a document containing an overview of your personality, qualifications, work experience or other activity, and interests. Without being too informal or too detailed, the CV should offer an insight into who you are. 

The CV, together with the covering letter are your showcase for any job, so it would be important to take time to present them in the best way possible.

Writing a CV 

Think of your CV as an active document that should grow and evolve as you do. It needs to be updated according to any new career moves or newly-acquired skills and interests.

If you don't have any new roles or skills to add to your CV between one job and another, you might need to adapt it to the new vacancy you wish to apply for.

As with the covering letter, avoid falling for the temptation to send the same CV when applying for different jobs, as this is not the right approach.

Always read the specific job vacancy description carefully to understand what the company is looking for and,  if possible, to identify keywords to include in your CV and covering letter.

Employers don't have time to read the specific job vacancy between the lines, so the better you present yourself through your CV, the greater your chances of getting the job.

Remember: the person/s reviewing your CV will be asking themselves two very basic questions:

           i. Can you do the job?

           ii. Would you be suitable for the company?

The answer to both of these questions should be a resounding "Yes" and you can achieve this by:

           -  Moulding your CV to match what the company is looking for;

           -  Making it clear where your skills meet the company's requirements;

           -  Pointing out the value you could bring to the organisation.

In this article, we'll share our tried-and tested tips for writing the perfect CV by effectively showcasing your skills and suitability to the corporate world. To begin with, below you will find links to some CV templates. 



Mind your language

- Keep your CV brief and to the point. It is recommended that your CV does not exceed 2 pages.

- Avoid lengthy sentences and use bullet points.

- In some cases, you may be specifically requested to submit a "Europass CV". However, when the job vacancy does not specifically requested a Europass CV, opt for a different, more flexible format because the end-document tends to be rather lengthy.

- When you are describing your experience and qualifications, don't use your name or the first person singular pronoun ("I"). Use verbs in the third person singular (eg. "Worked in..."; "Was part of a team of..."; "Sat on XYZ Committee"; "Currently forms part of...") or verbs ending in "-ing" (gerunds).

- Use the past tense to describe your career ("Led a team of...") but the present tense for your transferable skills and competencies ('Offers experience in...')

- Try to be creative in your choice of vocabulary so as to avoid repetition of the same pronouns and words and to avoid using clichéd and overused words, such as "innovative", "passionate", "team player", "motivated".

- Make sentences more direct with phrases such as "Major achievements include..." or create a section "Key achievements"

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