CV writing is one of the key services I offer here at Best Write. Virtually everyone will, at some stage in their life and career, need to have their CV ready to present to someone. In the majority of cases this will be for a job application.
I have made my CV writing services as cheap and affordable as I possibly can. The purpose of this is to support and help people who need assistance with their CV as far as I am able to. As part of my commitment to being supportive, here’s a guide to what turns a good CV into a great one.
My CV Writing Experience
If I’m planning on giving CV advice then it’s fair to ask about the position I’m writing from.
Over the years I’ve been seemingly continually involved with CVs. This is in respect of both writing and reading them. I have created CVs for both myself and others. They have enabled me and the people I have written them for to secure interviews for jobs.
I’ve also been in a position where I hire people. This has been at several types of companies, ranging from small businesses to international corporate. A major part of this role is reading and reviewing CVs from applicants.
This level of experience has given me a great deal of knowledge and insight into what makes for great CV writing.
What Should A CV Do?
A well written CV should get you a foot in the door for the job you want. It’s important to note that it would not normally get you the job on its own.
Think of your CV as your advertisement. It’s being looked at by people in the market for the skills you have. Just like all good advertising, to make sure they notice you it must stand out from the crowd.
A great CV is one which is honest, easy to read, relevant to a job application and no longer than two pages in length. Let’s have a look at some specific parts to consider in CV writing.
In this day and age we all know the importance of keeping some information private. With this in mind you should never include details such as your bank account or National Insurance number in your CV.
The personal details on your CV should give your name, address and contact details. Always be sure to use a telephone number and email address that you have regular access to. If you are rarely at home during the normal 9 – 5 office hours then rather list your mobile telephone number.
Education vs Experience
One of the most frequently asked questions about CV writing is what to list first. Some believe it should be in chronological order, listing your education experience followed by work experience. Others think that work experience should come after your personal details. Both are correct. Let’s look at this in some more detail.
Understanding whether to list your education or experience first relies on you understanding the job advert you are answering. Look carefully at the wording for the job, in particular the expected requirements. If their emphasis is on educational qualifications then this should take the priority on your CV. When an advertiser uses words like “experienced” in their advert then giving priority to work experience would be appropriate.
Both versions of a CV are correct. The likelihood of success is dependent on what the potential employer has specified in their advertisement. One approach is to simply have two different versions of your CV. You can submit the one which has an outline that follows the given job requirements.
Keep It Simple And Relevant
Earlier in this article I said that a CV should be no more than two pages long. There are a number of reasons for this.
Firstly, if the person reading your CV doesn’t see a reason to call you for an interview in the first two pages then they are not going to read the third. Keeping it to two pages also makes sure you keep the content relevant.
Is this easy to do? No! But it can be achieved.
Quite a few of us have valuable work experience that could fill several pages. You need to edit this down to the most important points. The best way to do this is to make a list of all your duties and responsibilities in the job role. Review the list – see which points can be combined and determine which are the most significant.
Ideally your CV should list four or five key points about a job you had. These points should be as relevant as possible to the position you are applying for.
A similar approach should be taken with your educational record. Provide the name of the school or institution attended, as well as the dates. Give the top subjects you qualified in, as well as the grade or qualification received.
Remember when I said that CV writing is creating your own advert? This is a section where you can really sell yourself to a potential employer.
If there’s something you are proud of then make sure it’s here. It could be something significant you achieved at school or at work. Any volunteer or community contributions you have made should also be included.
The education and employment section of your CV tell a potential employer about what you can do. This section can tell them what kind of person you are. It’s a valuable part of your CV.
This section follows on from the above. Most employers don’t want to hire someone on skill and ability alone – they want to be sure they’re a good fit for the existing team. In this section you can help convince them that you are.
Most people find this aspect of CV writing tricky as they’re not 100% sure what to write. It is quite difficult. A golden rule would be to avoid anything generic. Saying that you enjoy watching television or reading makes you one of millions of people who do the same. Rather look at using phrases such as enjoying going to the theatre or cinemas, spending time with family and friends, travel and exploring and so forth.
I’ve always used this section as the “ice breaker” for the interview. Chatting to a potential employee about something they are passionate about helps them be more comfortable in an interview scenario.
The One Golden Rule Of CV Writing
If there’s one rule which always must be followed it is be honest. A dear friend once told me “if you always tell the truth then you never have to think about what you said”.
There is a temptation to embellish or exaggerate details on a CV. You need to resist this. If you use a lie to catch a job then it will not be too long before that lie catches you out.
Why Use Me For CV Writing?
I am aware of the fact that some may use this guide to create their own CV. This would be at the expense of using my Best Write CV writing services. If that’s you, then I sincerely hope this helps. Please take the time to send me a message through the contact page to let me know how it was of assistance to you.
For most, however, CV writing can be tough. It is a big ask to write all about your own details. That’s why I am here to help. My skills, knowledge and experience can give you a strong CV to apply for jobs with. As part of my service I will help you identify the key points to highlight on your CV. Let what I do give you the best chance possible.
If you’d like me to help then please get in touch via the contact page. I am looking forward to helping you!