The Perfect CV – The Perfect Curriculum Vitae
The perfect CV is the CV that gets you the job. No matter what anyone says or how good you think your CV is, if employers aren’t responding, then the penny should drop, it’s time to create a new CV.
Targeted CV – First impressions count
You can have and should have more than one CV, a common misconception is that one size CV fits all, it doesn’t. Targeting your CV to the sector or job you are applying for will increase your chances of landing the position. Industry and job specific personal statements, key achievements and skills at the beginning of your CV are attention grabbing and more likely to impress the reader. The top half of the first page of your CV is the first thing the recruiter will read, make sure it contains relevant information. General copied and pasted statements from the internet aren’t the solution.
CV Ad – Market yourself
Your CV is your advertisement marketing you to potential employers as the perfect candidate to fill their vacancy. If the marketing is right then you will be hired. First Impressions count. An employer, on average will spend 30 seconds reading a CV, they should be able to browse through it and pick out the specific information they are looking for; how you meet the job spec and match the criteria they have set out. It should be an effortless read
CV parts or sections
A CV can have a number of sections which can be arranged and re-arranged in any order you like. It is important to remember that the layout should be logical and it should flow (easy to read). Each section should be distinguishable, this can done by enlarging the font size, underlining and bolding the section header text.
The CV section headings can be worded how you want, just make sure you keep them professional.
Here are some headings, you can add more, take some out, rearrange and reword them
- Personal Profile
- Key achievements
- Work experience
- Additional Information
- Hobbies and Interests
Repeat or not to repeat, duplication of information
You may have worked at three different retail employers as a customer service agent doing the same job.
Do you write all three jobs separately listing the same duties under each job, copy and pasting the same information over and over again?
Do you list all three jobs and then write the duties underneath just the once?
Our advice is to start by listing all three jobs and then write the duties underneath, no need to repeat or copy and paste the duties. If your layout is correct, the employer will understand that you have done the same duties with all three previous employers.
How long should a CV be?
Keeping in mind
- Recruiters spend 30 seconds reading a CV
- Don’t bore the employer with repeated information
One or two pages is enough, anything more is pushing it.
Types of CV
Here is a list of the most common types of CV
- Functional – also known as Skills CV
- Student or Graduate
- Creative or Visual
- The Perfect CV – Any of the above or a combination of them – The one that gets you the job
The Chronological CV is the most widely used and recognised CV. It highlights your career, work experience and education in date order. You start with your most current job role working backwards to your first qualification.
You can create a Chronological CV using Jobsball CV builder tool. It allows you to view, edit and download in MS word, PDF and HTML
You can also view a Chronological CV example and download editable templates here
Functional CV or Skills CV
Not as popular as the above but a Functional Skills CV can be extremely effective. It can be used if you have lots of gaps in your work history or a number of previous similar job roles. As a Skills CV the emphasis is on promoting your skills. The skills can be grouped together as sections and sub-sections.
You can create a Functional CV using Jobsball CV builder tool. It allows you to view, edit and download in MS word, PDF and HTML
You can view a Functional CV – Skills CV example and download editable templates here
Student CV or Graduate CV
Any of the above or a combination of both with and emphasis on promoting your education and skills gained during your studies.
You can use Jobsball CV builder tool. It allows you to view, edit and download in MS word, PDF and HTML
You can view CV information and download editable templates here
Creative CV or Visual CV
A graphically eye catching CV to show off your creative skills. Any basic CV can be turned into a visual CV by representing the data in an eye catching format. This is done by including backgrounds, images, graphs, charts and timelines.
Try out the Jobsball wordclould tool to create a visual representation of buzz words which describe your skills, experience and education. Not only can you download the image and add it to your CV, you can also share it on social media sites such as Pintrest, Twitter and Facebook.
Jobsball Top Tip for Cover Letter and CV
Use MS word or any other document software that can save your cover letter or cv in .doc or .docx format
Why Microsoft word?
It’s simple, MSword is the most widely used document creation software application across the world. Employers will always be able to open your MSword .doc or .docx cover letter or cv document. OpenOffice free software will open MSword created documents. If it can’t be opened, it can’t be read, if it can’t be read then you won’t hired. Increase your chances of a successful application by using a Microsoft word compatible software application.
In a nutshell, the perfect CV is the one that gets you hired. It should be targeted, have a logical flowing layout and it can be a combination of any types of the classical CV. Its content is only as good as what you write in it.
Good luck with creating your CV