How to write a good CV

In life there are few opportunities to really stand in the spotlight and shout out your own achievements, but on a CV, you can (in 2 pages or less). Writing a good resume is definitely something worth taking an afternoon to sit down to; tailoring it and making it the best it can be is a step towards being noticed in a job application.

Here are our top tips for writing a CV.

Cover all bases – contact details need to be front and centre (no fake mobile numbers here or you’ll never get a job!). Having a clean and crisp layout is best, also NO bad grammar, spelling or enthusiastic use of exclamation points, please.

Match the job description – when you’re reading the brief online or in the classifieds, look for the keywords and make sure they’re in your CV. Enthusiastic? Skilled with Word, or Photoshop? Sales experience? Find them and use them well!

Tailor your CV like a good suit – don’t have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ CV. Each job you apply for will have differences, so make sure your personal objectives and skills are tailored to match the job.

Stand out from the crowd – highlight your skills and don’t be modest. List the skills you have relevant to the job. Also mention your interests and link them to skills – teamwork and sport, enthusiasm and volunteering. And if you speak a language be sure to list that as well!

Accentuate the positive – use assertive, confident language when writing your CV like “achieved” and “organised”. Your CV will sound more professional and clear in your achievements.

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So after all that, what does one actually put in a CV?

  • Contact information for you – you do want an answer, right?
  • Career objective or a personal statement – who are you and where do you want to go in your career?
  • Previous work experience – keep this relevant to the job you’re applying for.
  • Qualifications and Skills – put your skills as well as any professional training/certificates you might have – whether it’s Word, first aid or a drivers license.
  • Education – uni and high school.
  • Skills and interests – tailor your skills to the job and show how brilliant you are.
  • Referees – have the deets of at least 2 people who can vouch for your skills and character.

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