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HOW TO WRITE A GREAT CV (curriculum vitae)

Updated: Jul 7

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Just completed your graduation and need a perfect CV to increase your chances of getting selected in an MNC ?

Read to find out.


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HOW TO WRITE A CV


When writing your CV, things will be a whole lot easier if you prepare beforehand. We'd suggest you start by writing your past jobs and notable achievements in a list – this will help you identify the points that are worth mentioning.


CV shouldn't be longer than two pages, and should be well structured, concise and different enough to grab the recruiter's attention. There has to be a balance and it's just a matter of finding it.



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WHAT DO RECRUITER LOOKS FOR IN A CV?


Never send off the same CV to multiple recruiters. Each time you apply for a job, think about what the employer is specifically looking for and write your CV with that in mind.



MATCH YOUR CV TO THE JOB YOU ARE APPLYING FOR


Most people think that once you've got a CV prepared, the job's done and you can use it for every job application but this doesn't works all the time. you should also try to adapt your CV and experience to exemplify that you're right for that specific job.


This doesn't mean you have to write down a brand new CV from scratch for every single job application, but have a thought about what specific experiences or skills would impress that employer.


Also, be sure to do your homework on every company you apply for. Most businessses are different and unique, so take the time to research their website, their growth and revenue, their social media accounts, the job ad and maybe even look up current employees to see how the company's structured and how's the company performing.




BE THE BEST CANDIDATE


Employers will be looking for certain qualities during the interview, so the perfect candidate will vary from one vacancy to the next.

But it is not possible for you to have specific skill or experince about the job so you can put some of your best skills that employers are always hunting for.


BEST SKILLS TO INCLUDE ON YOUR CV


SOFT SKILLS

  • Self-management.

  • Teamwork and leadership

  • Communication skills

  • Commercial awareness

  • Customer care

  • Academic and extra-curricular achievements

  • IT skills

  • Commitment and enthusiasm

HARD SKILLS

  • Problem-solving

# SOFT SKILLS ARE VERY NECESSARY



DO's and DON'Ts


Don't include your photo

Don't include your date of birth, marital status or health situation

There is no required format

Keep your CV within two pages of A4

Instead of writing a paragraph write the points in bullet , example "skilled in C++"

Don't use colored or funky fonts

Use keywords to emphasize your points and do not use the same words over and over again

Always proofread and spell check the document before sending it off. If possible, get a friend to check it for you too. There is nothing worse than a spelling or grammar mistake on a CV; it demonstrates carelessness and a lack of attention to detail.

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