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A Guide to Writing the Perfect CV

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When it comes to writing the perfect CV, there are a few things that you need to do to make sure that your CV stands out. Even more so, since studies have shown that recruiters spend about seven seconds on a CV, before they decide if the candidate is suitable for the role or not. This is why first impressions are really important. If you don’t create a good first impression, then your CV might just be brushed to the side, and you might not get the dream job that you are after.

If you think about it for just a second, it makes sense that first impressions are important. Your aim is to beat the other applicants. Now, does the perfect CV actually exist, well that’s debatable. However, to get as close to CV perfection as you can, you need to make sure that the reader has everything that they want to see. One little mistake, such as a spelling mistake or not listing the skills that the job is after, could mean that you won’t get picked. This guide will help you make sure that this doesn’t happen.

Up-to-Date Contact Information

This is one of the most obvious things that people need to make sure they double check. People need to double check that their contact information is up to date. You might be thinking that this is something which you would double check before you send it off, but the amount of people who don’t include the correct contact details is quite high. This is a huge mistake, as this could mean that you will lose out on the job of your dream. This mistake normally occurs when people just use a standard copy of their CV, one that they’ve had for years, but they never update the information on it.

Not only do you need to include up-to-date contact information, potential employers also want to see your telephone number and email address at the very least. You should also include your location as well, as this can be really helpful for the potential employer to see. Moving on from this, you should double check that all your contact information is correct before you hit ‘submit’. If you are a bit of a worrier, then get your friends or family to double check it for you.

Accurate Spelling and Grammar

If you’ve just started writing your CV, then spelling and grammar mistakes can be really easy to make. You’re in the zone, you’re typing away, but you are overlooking the little mistakes. But these little mistakes can have a huge impact! This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make, not only that but some people don’t know how to make sure that their CV looks good visually as well. It’s no surprise that people will make use of things like these professional templates on CVmaker.uk to help them out with this.

If your CV doesn’t look good, or if it looks messy and has spelling mistakes, then you are more likely to be rejected. Poor spelling and grammar can raise questions about your capabilities and skills. Whereas, a polished and pretty much perfect CV is more likely to impress and shows that you have a good attention to detail and have a certain level of intelligence. The key is to proofread before you send your CV off, and then proofread again. You could even make use of things like Grammarly to help you with things like this, or even get a friend to check it for you as well.

Your Goals

Your goals do not mean that you put your bucket list on the CV. Instead, you should use this to prove to your potential employer that you are the right fit for the company. What are your goals that could help the company? Do you want to grow within a similar role in the company? You need to prove to them that you want this job, and that you will be the perfect candidate for the role.

There are so many things that you need to think about when it comes to perfecting your CV and it is a really tough thing to do. But you need to make sure that you spend a little checking over everything before you send your CV off, you don’t want one little spelling mistake to cost you your dream job. So, take your time and spend an afternoon thinking about how you can tailor your CV to the job that you are applying for. For more tips for writing your CV, you can check out this article here.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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