5 tips for a compelling CV

Creating a winning CV

5 tips for a compelling CV

1. Presentation and formatting

Your CV is likely to be the first communication you have with a new employer. And first impressions count. Your CV needs to look professional. Ensure consistent formatting throughout.

2. Keep your CV to 2 Pages

On average less than 30 seconds is spent reading a CV. Use as few words as possible to keep your points concise. Focus on the most recent years of your career.

3. Put yourself in the shoes of the reader

Step outside of yourself and write your CV from the point of view of the reader. A CV is about connecting your experience to the requirements for a role you are applying for.

4. Achievements not duties

Stating a generic job description is not enough. You need to tell your own story within that employment. Use specific examples and support with facts and figures on the outcomes.

5. Getting your CV through ATS filters

The best way to help your CV get through ATS filters is to mirror key words and phrases in a job description in your CV. This is why it is important to tailor your CV for each application.

This article is written by Neville Rose, Director of CV Writers.

CV Writers are the official CV partner to ACCA Careers.

In addition to a CV writing service they can help with LinkedIn profiles, cover letters and interview coaching. You can get things started with a Free CV Review.

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