In this series of blog posts, we at Hall Recruitment aim to share advice, opinions, and experience on topics related to job searching, application, and recruitment that we hope will help readers. Today our focus is Curriculum Vitae Writing Tips. Next in the series is our post on Curriculum Vitae customisation and why it pays to optimise it on a per application basis.
European to North American Curriculum Vitae Writing Tips
Curriculum Vitae – often abbreviated to CV – is a written summary of a person’s career, qualifications, and education which is used by applicants to communicate and inform prospective employers of their suitability for employment.
In North America, résumé is the term most commonly used. So if you’re in North America you can parse CV Writing Tips to résumé writing tips and carry on. However because we’re in Europe we’re going to stick with Curriculum Vitae for the time being.
Treat Your CV With The Respect It Deserves
Okay, back on topic: Curriculum Vitaes are often accompanied by a cover letter; it’s ideal for cover letters to be tailored to align with the goals and values of the prospective employer. If you don’t want to include a cover letter, add a personal statement towards the top of your Curriculum Vitae as an introduction.
At Hall Recruitment, we’re responsible for studying all those CVs in minute detail to try and identify those unique characteristics, individual qualities, and combination of factors that qualify a candidate for the job at hand. In the HR world, the CV is incredibly valuable as ‘the first point of introduction’ in laying-open the attributes, qualifications, and experience of job seekers for the consideration of an employer (typically themselves a HR Manager).
We can’t stress enough how important it is that candidates prepare their CVs carefully. This is a topic we’ll cover in an upcoming blog post.
- Always ensure your contact details are correct and prominently displayed.
- Highlight relevant work experience which is of most interest to your potential employer.
- Ensure your employment history is accurate and complete.
- Use abbreviations and buzzwords correctly and in context. However, don’t rely on them completely and remember to use plain English too.
- Approach your Curriculum Vitae and your job titles with the respect those words deserve.
- Rather than producing a cut-and-paste document, let your Curriculum Vitae be a truly effective communication, whose content and structure represent who you are.
- If you remember that words influence by conveying meaning, impressions, conjuring up pictures and stirring emotions, then this time spent preparing your Curriculum Vitae will be time well-spent.
- Remember to enhance readability with ample white space and to use typefaces (maximum two, ideally one) with excellent legibility. Times New Roman never let anyone down.
- Don’t overlook the importance of your professional qualifications. Make sure you include them in your Curriculum Vitae if they are relevant to your job application.
- Put your key skills on display, especially if they’re relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Collaborate When You Can
- Test your effort by letting qualified people read your draft. Invite only those whose opinion you respect, whose status you value, and whose opinions you trust.
- Keep in mind: a Curriculum Vitae isn’t a bargaining chip or negotiating tool. Don’t lay down any preconditions unless you have health reasons or occupational restrictions you’d like to be highlighted.
- Remember also: No two people are the same. Job seeking is not a game, nor should it be a source of entertainment. No frivolity, no cogging, no phrase swopping! Your Curriculum Vitae is individual to you. Let your words reflect that fact and you’ll be amazed how effective it could be.
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