10 Tips For Writing a CV That Sells

You never know when that “dream job” will present itself, so why not take the time to update your CV so that you’re prepared? Your CV is your number one marketing tool; it can either get you through to the next step in the recruitment process or end up holding you back.

Here are some helpful tips for writing a CV that companies will love.

  1. Take pride in your presentation – recruiters or hiring managers view hundreds of applications and profiles daily, so you need to make sure your CV stands out from the pack. There are plenty of CV templates available online so you can get an idea of the optimal layout.

  2. Keep it short – use bullet points where possible, as long bodies of text can often be skimmed over. Make sure your CV clearly communicates the message you are trying to deliver and keep the information relevant to the position you are applying for. In New Zealand, CVs are usually only two to three pages long.

  3. Tailor your CV and cover letter to suit every position that you are applying for. Do not make the mistake of sending out generic applications en masse.

  4. Identify the main skills required for the role you are applying for and list these throughout your CV and cover letter. Provide examples of when you’ve demonstrated these skills. Your work experience should be relevant to the job you are applying for.

  5. Reverse chronological order – list your relevant work experience beginning with your most recent position first.
  • Contact details – make sure your contact details are up to date. As for your references, you can either add your referee’s contact details to your CV to save the hiring manager asking for them, or you can add “References available on request”.
  • Spelling and grammar – make sure you double check this. Even better, try to have someone else cast an eye over it for you.
  • Image – whether you would like to add a photo of yourself or not is completely your decision. If you do decide to, make sure it’s a professional, clear image with a clean background. This means no distractions behind you, and ideally no logos or branded items/clothing.
  • LinkedIn – if you have a LinkedIn profile, make sure it lines up with the experience you have listed on your CV. And while you’re online, when was the last time you Googled yourself? Your digital footprint is constantly changing, so if you have any hope of building a personal brand, you need to be aware of what impression your search results may be making on others.
  1. Tell the truth – always!

If you’re unsure where to start, want more CV tips or need help to create your next one, we offer a Kick-Ass CV Makeover Service. Feel free to check it out at the Recruitment Hub NZ.