Writing a good CV, one which will help you land a job, is an essential skill for all students and graduates. Finishing your degree is pretty pointless if you can’t find a job afterwards. And the way to get a job is with a killer CV. One that details all of your skills, experience and studies. It has to speak for you, explaining to a hiring manager why you would be the ideal addition to join their company. Compiling your CV is incredibly important to assist you in netting your dream job. You know you need to participate in activities to make your CV stand out. But it is possible to add information which will worsen your chances of getting that job. The last thing you want to do is send a CV which will instantly turn the hiring manager against you. Here are some tips to help you write the perfect CV. Don’t forget to send examples of your work. If you’re applying for any position in a creative field, you need to include examples to prove your talents. Designers and writers, your CV won’t even be opened if you don’t add a portfolio of your recent work. The person who is going through all of the CVs wants to see what you’re capable of. And if you don’t have a lot of work experience, your portfolio can speak for you. Don’t sexually harass the hiring manager. This might seem obvious. But you’d be surprised how many people think making a joke, which borders on the obscene, will help them get noticed. The last thing you need is to pay for legal assistance before you’ve even found a job. Don’t hide the most important details. The hiring manager wants to know if you have working experience in a relevant position and how that skill set can be used in the advertised position. They want to know if you have the necessary qualifications for the job. Don’t hide these details at the end of a long CV. Don’t lie or include misleading information. We’ve all heard the news stories about the officials who have lied about qualifications. Remember, a potential employer will do a reference check. They will find out if you’re exaggerating your qualifications. Don’t send an unattractive CV. Ensure you use a readable font in an easy to read size. Make it simple, yet attractive. But also, don’t overly design your CV. If the hiring manager has to hunt for your qualification in a complex infographic, they’ll soon lose interest. Part of this includes ensuring your CV is free of typos. Have a friend check it for spelling and grammatical errors. Lastly, don’t spend your entire CV talking about yourself. Rather, talk about how you can help your future employer. Allow them to see what you’ll add to the company and why they should hire you. Remember, they want to hire someone for the position just as badly as you want to find a job. Make it easy for the hiring manager to choose you.   Image: Unsplash

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