HOW TO WRITE A CV FOR A JOB APPLICATION
So you’re in the job market faced with exciting work opportunities, and it thrills you to know that all it takes to seize just one job opportunity is a compelling CV.
But take a step backwards and picture this. You found a dream job online and convinced that you are the perfect fit for it, you send your CV then anticipate a call-back. Sadly, that never happens!
Can you relate? Literally, almost every applicant has experienced disappointment, but the question is, how is that possible?
Fortunately, there are answers to that question; your CV was never read or wasn’t good enough.
But relax, there won’t be a recurrence of that scenario because you are about to learn the proven method of revamping your CV and becoming what recruiters expect.
Therefore, lets discuss the nitty-gritty steps that will make your CV writing easy.
What is a CV?
CV is an abbreviation for curriculum vitae (Latin for “course of life”). In other words, a CV is a document used by job applicants to highlight their academic and professional achievements.
A CV is equivalent to an American resume and functions for the same purpose. Nevertheless, people ask about the difference between a resume and a CV, and we will address this discrepancy right now.
What is the difference between a CV and a resume?
Today, in recruiting, there is barely a distinctive formal feature between a resume and a CV. It’s the same document Britain calls a CV that Americans call a resume like they do with chips and french fries, football and soccer and many more.
So, if you’re applying for a company in Europe, you need to prepare a CV. However, if you’re submitting a job application in the United States, you should prepare a resume.
In addition, a CV is not the same as a cover letter. A curriculum vitae is a comprehensive list of requirements, whereas a cover letter is a full-fledged marketing effort.
PICK THE BEST CV FORMAT
Here is something to think about:
When you apply for a job, you typically compete with multiple other applicants. Yes, that’s right.
Assume you’re a recruiter with 300 job applications to go through. Do you read them all? Of course not.
Recruiters only scan each CV for 6 seconds. As a result, the first impression is crucial. So, to capture an employer’s attention, you have to present a neat and well-structured document.
On the other hand, a poorly formatted CV will result in the rejection of your application at the first round of screening.
Here’s how to properly format a CV.
Begin by generating a CV outline divided into the following sections:
Proper CV Section Order
- Contact information on the CV header
- CV summary or objective
- Acquired skillset
- Work experience/Achievements
- Educational background and certifications.
- Additional section for information relevant to the job.
Tip: As a fresh university graduate with no work experience, put your education section above your work experience section.
To create a top-notch CV, acknowledge the gold CV formatting rules while sticking to the Proper CV Section Order above.
1. Select A Legible Font
Many people are not aware of how impactful a CV font can be. It determines readability and professionalism. There are a few fonts to select for your CV, and you will never go wrong with them. Here is a list: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, sans-serif fonts, and Times New Roman or Bookman Old Style to switch things up a little bit.
Font size is also important, so we suggest 11 to 12 pt font size, single spacing, and select 14 to 16 pt font size for your name and title sections.
2. Consistency with Your CV Structure
- Arrange your CV margins for all four sides to one inch.
- Ensure your CV headings are aligned.
- Enlarge and bolden your CV headings and keep in mind that italics and underlining are not necessary.
- Adhere to one date format. For example, 06-2021 or June 2021.
3. No-no to overloading your CV with graphics
If you are applying for a job as a graphics designer, maybe you should show your competence by all means but otherwise, ensure to tone down the graphics on your CV.
Recruiters need the information on your CV, and graphics might be getting in the way of noting the data on your CV. Furthermore, CV’s get printed in black and white or consequently your information might become illegible.
4. Take your photos off your CV.
There are numerous reasons to stop adding your photos to your CV. One reason is strict anti-discrimination and labour laws in some countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States. In addition, some companies want to prove that their hiring processes are free from profiling based on race, gender, age, appearance, and many more. So, out of precaution, they prefer not to see candidate photos accompanying job applications.
However, there are exceptions to this rule whereby you apply for a modelling job, or the company specifically requested it, which rarely happens.
5. Maintain a brief and concise CV.
These days, hiring is a hectic business and believe it, hiring managers don’t have the time for the extra irrelevant information on your CV. However, you can have a one page CV and still land the job.
Pro Tip: Let your CV inform the recruiter of the following;
- Right Talent: Use your objective or summary at the top of your CV to indicate your alignment with the company’s aim.
- Competence: This section will enlist only the work experiences and acquired skill set relevant to the job.
- Academics: Enlist only your highest academic qualification and certifications relating to the position.
Add Your Contact Information the Right Way
You want the recruiters to contact you, so let them know how they can reach you by providing accurate information.
In the contact information section, enter your:
- Full name
- Professional title
- Email address
- Telephone number
- LinkedIn profile
The contact information area appears to be simple, but here’s why it could be tricky:
Recruiters will use it to conduct Internet research on you. If your social media profiles are unprofessional, or if the information on your LinkedIn page does not match the data on your CV, your application might be rejected.
Write like a pro and create error-free CVs