Creating an Effective CV to Get that Job!

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A curriculum vitae (CV) is a document that gives the essential information about a person’s overview such as qualifications and work experience. More often this document is used to apply for a job and is the first item that an employer encounters in respect to job applicants.

Below are some of the best tips that can help in writing a successful CV that would not only get the employers attention but may secure one a job.

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# Be truthful

Everyone cheats, right? NO! This can’t be stressed enough; misrepresenting your skills is wrong and causes major problems since employers take a background check on the applicants before one is shortlisted for an interview.

# Update your information

Your document should be up to date regardless of whether you are job hunting since any hurried writing could cause important information to be left out. Also if applying to multiple organizations, tailor each document according to each specific organization compared to just using a general overview.

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# Keep it short and neat

An employer does not have to flip pages reading, this calls for automatic disqualification. Typically just 2 pages are enough, no fluff and also information should be arranged neatly as this also communicates that you are organized. Arrange your information using bullet points where possible for easier readability of your application.

# Personal statements

An employer wants to know why they should hire you hence briefly explain why you think that you are best suited for the job. When elaborating about your experience, exact figures are preferable i.e. I can increase sales by 60% rather than just increasing sales.

# Avoid errors

Spelling and grammar mistakes are a definite no. also trying to use complicated formatting is not advisable, be simple. It has always been a norm that one should include hobbies, number of charity events participated etc. but also be careful in that if the event does not correlate to the job application, they don’t add any value to your CV.

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