CV Writing Tips
Simple Tips In Improving Your Curriculum Vitae
Your curriculum vitae or CV must be capable of instantly showing its reader your skills and experience relevant to the position you are aiming for. Normally, curriculum vitaes are about one to two pages in length but there are of course exceptions like if your targeted employer is asking for a longer document or you just have a very long career under you belt that needs to be written down because it is relevant to the position you are applying for.
For starters, be sure that you list down all the critical information near the top of your presentation in order for them to be quickly seen by the reader. Information such as your personal profile, experience education, achievements, special skills and training are some of the main highlights of your document that you should pay attention to in order to quickly impress the person reading your document.
Next, make a professional looking layout by using short yet concise sentences combined with bullet points for further emphasis. Also, avoid using walls of text and small sized fonts for they are stressful to the eyes. Use traditional font styles with ideal font size to make sure that your document is easily readable, similar to resumes.
As you make the list of your recent work experience, be sure to only write about the relevant experiences you have had and never include the ones you have had for over 10 years ago unless it makes a really big impact on your presentation. Also list them down in a reverse chronological order and avoid gaps. If ever you have noticeable gaps in your document, be sure that you still include them and just back them up with the real reason why you had been vacant during those times (reasons like vacations or hospitalizations are a few examples.)
As you go through your work history, do not be afraid to lay down the facts about your responsibilities as well as your achievements. Use numbers and percentages if possible and also try to write your document in a formal manner. Avoid the use of “I” when citing examples.
If you feel like your document is too lengthy, double check it and be sure that you are not being redundant. To be safe, have a separate list for all your specific skills such as computer skills, language skills etc., at the latter part of your presentation.
Lastly, proofread your document by running a manual or automated spell check. It is also a good idea to have someone read your curriculum vitae and have them check it for grammar errors. Be sure that you are open to comments that would further improve your document. After all, no one is going to be interested in reading your presentation once they notice that your document is full of errors.