How to make a CV

How to make a CV

If you want to learn how to make a CV then this page should give you some useful tips and advice.
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how to make a cv

Tips and advice on how to make a CV

If you are going to write your own CV then the first thing you need is for your CV to look good. A useful starting point in such cases is a CV template. Just be aware that there is more the CV writing than meets the eye, and just because you have a CV template that looks presentable, it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to give you an effective CV. For example, some CV templates look good on the surface, but they don't do a particularly good job of getting your message across very effectively. One thing you need to bear in mind is how legible your CV is. The best CVs get your message across clearly and effectively, using bullet points. And if you can use single line bullet points rather than cluttered multiline entries, then all the better. The more lines you use to say each achievement, the less powerfully it usually comes across.

All this is easier said than done for two main reasons; firstly, most CV templates don't lend themselves to neat single line bullets. Secondly, if you do want neat single line bullets then you usually have to refine your achievements down, and if you do this properly then this involves creative writing skills; something which is quite a specialist skill.


2>Once you have a layout which you are happy with then the next thing to focus on is the CV format. There are some grey areas on the placement of sections and even what sections you should and shouldn't include in your CV. For example, some people include an objectives section, whereas usually a personal profile section is best. Whatever sections and formally decide upon, just remember that CV length is also very important and you should make sure not to make your CV too long. It should be one or two pages maximum.


3>Once you are happy with how your CV looks and what sections you want to include, the next thing you need to do is add the meat on the bones; namely add the all-important content. Some people are under the misapprehension that if their CV looks good thing it will get them the job. However, this just isn't the case. Whilst your CV does need to look good, and presentation does play a part, it's what you actually tell the employer that counts the most, and powerful, well written and meticulously targeted content is the key to this. You need to sell yourself, and sell yourself to the optimum for the job in question. You should look to include achievements as well as keywords. Not only that, but you need to do so in a concise, pertinent and proactive manner. most people have difficulty creating good content for their CV. This is one reason why good quality CV examples are so popular. Amongst other things they are a great starting point when you make a CV, and provide a great source of inspiration as well as ideas.

4> All of the above is a lot easier said than done. Indeed, the best professional CV writers only possess genuine creative writing skills, but also spent years learning the art of CV writing. Just as with any profession, a well qualified and highly experienced professional will almost certainly do a better job than you. Yes, if you want to make a CV then you can do this yourself and our CV examples and free CV templates will help, although if you want the best results then you are better off engaging a professional CV services company.


This article is based on extracts from comprehensive CV book by Paul Hichens, and it is not for publication or distribution without prior authorisation.
Copyright Paul Hichens 2012. All rights reserved