How to write a CV [Get noticed by employers]

a strong CV is your gateway to success

when job hunting it's the very first

impression that an employer will have a

view so you need to make sure it

impresses this video guide will show you

how to write a winning CV that will get

you noticed by recruiters and employers

and land you plenty of job interviews

here at standout CV we've helped

hundreds of thousands of people to land

their dream jobs and hopefully the

advice in this video will do the same

for you during the course of the video

you will learn what research needs to be

done before you start writing your CV

how to structure your CV to best please

recruiters how to format your CV for a

professional outlook how to write a

profile that will grab recruiters

attention how to detail your work

experience and education and if and how

to include your hobbies and interests

the biggest mistake that jobseekers make

is failing to research their target

roles before writing their CV if you

don't know what skills and knowledge

your potential employers are looking for

it will be difficult to write a CV that

impresses them so before you start

writing your CV you need to hit the job

boards and browse through lots of

relevant job adverts in your industry

take note of the candidate requirements

that keep appearing and make a list of

them focus on hard skills such as

industry specific skills IT system

knowledge languages and qualifications

don't worry too much about soft skills

like communication teamwork and

problem-solving soft skills are great to

have but they are applicable to most

jobs so you need to focus on hard skills

in your CV once you have a list of the

most in-demand skills and knowledge for

your target roles you know exactly what

to focus your CV around this preparation

will make the task of writing it much

easier for you the structure and format

of your CV will define its overall

outlook and determine how the document

will be read your CV should look

flawlessly professional and should be

easy for busy recruiters to NAV

gate and find the information they need

firstly you should use a word processing

program like Microsoft Word or Google

Docs to create your CV they are very

easy to use and are the globally

recognized format for CVS across all

industries here's an overview of how to

format your CV keep the formats simple

by sticking to a clean and crisp font

that can be easily read the color scheme

should also be basic black text on white

background as best don't be tempted to

use fancy fonts and wacky colour schemes

in a bid to standout this will look

unprofessional and could make the CV

difficult to read there is no set in

stone rule around CV length but two

pages of a4 is usually enough to tell

your story without boring readers just

remember that recruiters and hiring

managers sometimes see hundreds of CVS a

day so trying to keep it concise if you

want to hold their attention use bold

headings to divide the sections of your

CV this will help recruiters to navigate

it when skim reading once you have a

format for your CV you need to structure

it in a way that draws attention to your

most valuable skills and creates a

pleasant reading experience this is a

brief overview of how to structure your

CV before we delve into the details of

each section your name and contact

details should sit at the very top of

your CV so that recruiters can easily

see how to contact you your CV profile

or personal statement is a brief

introductory paragraph that summarizes

your abilities and aims to grab

recruiters attention when the CV is

first opened a bullet pointed list of

your most relevant skills provides a

snapshot of your offerings as a

candidate your work experience should be

listed in reverse chronological order to

showcase your ability to apply your

skills in the workplace your education

should be listed near the bottom of your

CV hobbies and interests are an optional

section and can be added to the bottom

of your CV if you think they will add

due to your applications now let's take

a look at each section in detail and how

to write them you don't want your

contact details to be missed so place

them at the very top of your CV

underneath your name you can also add a

professional title next to your name to

really set the tone of the CV anything

for a management accountant - chemistry

graduate ideally it should relate to the

roles who were applying for the only

contact details you need to include are

your email address just make sure it's a

professional-looking one with no

nicknames your phone number and your

location you don't need to include your

full address date of birth marital

status or a photo of yourself none of

these things will have any effect on a

hiring decision and they will waste

valuable space your CV profile or

personal statement as it's also known is

the first proper content section of your

CV it is an introductory paragraph which

summarizes your skills experience and

knowledge and its purpose is to catch

recruiters eyes when they open your CV

excite them and encourage them to read

the rest of your CV it should give

readers a nice overview of your industry

specific skills types of companies

you've worked for qualifications and the

benefits you deliver for an employer to

write a successful CV profile you should

keep it short and sharp somewhere

between five and ten lines pack it with

in-demand skills and experience and

avoid using cliche terms like

hard-working team player underneath your

profile add a bullet pointed list of

core skills your most valuable

attributes split over two or three

columns keep the points under three

words ideally said that they jump off

the page and create a snapshot of your

offerings which can be digested in

seconds by busy recruiters and hiring

managers it's a great tool for making

sure readers stick to your CV and don't

skip past it again these points should

be heavily tailored towards your target

roles including things like

role-specific skills qualifications

market or industry knowledge languages

and IT skills they can also be quickly

edited if you need to tweak the CV

slightly when applying for different

roles your work experience gives you a

great opportunity to demonstrate your

ability to apply your skills in the

workplace and prove the impact you make

your work experience should be listed in

reverse chronological order

that's latest to oldest with plenty of

detail in recent roles and less detail

in older roles the reason for this is

that employers are more interested in

your recent work as it gives a better

reflection of your current capabilities

if you don't have any direct paid work

experience you can also add voluntary

roles school or university work

placements part-time jobs or any example

where you have worked to support a

company or organization when writing

role descriptions within your CV you

need to ensure that you make it easy for

recruiters to read them and process the

information you are trying to get across

this simple but effective structure is a

great way to do that head each role with

the dates who were employed name of the

employer and your role title follow with

an introductory line which describes who

the employer is where you sit within the

organization and what the overall goal

of the role is this build context for

readers then lists your responsibilities

in short concise bullet points try to

showcase your full skill set and

demonstrate how your actions impact the

employer most importantly try to round

your roles off with impressive

achievements that have made big positive

impacts for your employer and try to

quantify these achievements with facts

and figures where you can to truly show

how valuable you can be good examples of

achievements include saving costs

generating revenue saving time improving

processes hitting targets and helping

customers although there should be

mentions of any important

qualifications in your profile your full

education section should be placed near

the bottom of your CV it should simply

be a list of all the relevant

qualifications you have along with dates

obtained if you are an experienced

candidate you can keep the detail light

here but if you are a junior candidate

then it will be worth it going into some

more depth hobbies and interests are an

optional section and it's entirely up to

you whether you include them or not you

should only include them if you feel

they will have a positive effect on your

applications common interests such as

eating out or watching movies probably

won't make a big impression on anybody

so leave them out however if you have

interests that are related to your

target roles then it would be beneficial

to include them for example you may be

applying for writing positions and you

run your own personal blog this will

give you a chance to showcase more

relevant skills and experience it can

also help to include impressive

achievements such as running a marathon

or raising money for charity these types

of achievements can show that you are

driven and helped you to stand out

especially if you have limited

experience that brings us to the end of

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