Job hunting? How to create a stunning CV

A Curriculum Vitae is one of the most essentials documents in one’s life.

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How to create a stunning CV

(Morgan McKinley)
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A Curriculum Vitae is one of the most essentials documents in one’s life. Its importance cannot be exaggerated as it literally tells you about a person’s character and accomplishments.

It is the deal maker or breaker in deciding whether you can meet someone leave alone hire them in the first place.

Wikipedia elaborates a CV as a written overview of a person's experience and other qualifications for a job opportunity. In most countries it is basically a summary of the job seeker's employment history, qualifications, education, and some personal information.

So in a fiercely competitive world where for every job opportunity, there are hundreds of equally qualified job candidates how can one stand out in a two page document and ensures they

Here are steps to create a stunning CV and ensure you stand out from the park.

A CV is a marketing document, not a historical record so emphasize on your current accomplishments and goals. Your career goals should always focus on relevant skills and strengths related to the job you are applying for.

The key is to give heavier emphasis to the credentials, experiences and accomplishments that relate to your objective and less to things that don’t.  

How long should a CV be? According to Forbes a potential employer spends an average of six seconds skimming through a CV.

Therefore your information generosity with a six page CV may not be appreciated, keep it lean and short, a maximum two page CV is internationally best practice.

Making grammatical errors while writing a CV to a potential employer is a cardinal sin, which should be punished by an unemployment term accompanied with pennyless.

With hundreds of potential employees with similar qualifications anything is used to cut down the pack so the second a spelling or grammar error is noticed you are out. Make sure you go through your CV countless times checking every word and then also have a friend to take a look at it too.

One way of standing out in a job application is to read through the job description and skills and list out the key phrases and then find ways to incorporate those words and phrases from the desired job description into your CV this ensures it is detected even if an electronic machine is scans through hundreds of them.

A Nice presentable CV can easily stand out and catch the eye of your potential employee so color, shading, boxes and icons can be valuable additions to your CV, however caution is key here, make sure your design matches the industry norms in your field, a graphic designer for instance can display more creativity than an accountant. A standard black and white is ideal across many industries.

Under the hobbies section, list a range of interests to avoid coming across as narrow plus also avoid listing solitary activities such as watching TV as some companies may perceive you as lacking people skills instead you can add a sport like volleyball which requires a team.

Once you are done ensure to save your CV in a PDF format rather than as a Word document. PDF freezes it as an image so that you can be sure hiring managers see the same formatting as you and also not every office computer can read word document files, but virtually everybody can open a PDF file without any conversion.

Before hitting the send button, always accompany your CV with a cover letter, job seekers who include one have a higher chance of getting a reply compared to those who didn’t.

A cover letter is not your CV in story format, so don’t repeat what is already in your CV.

Use your cover letter to show personality, curiosity, and an interest in the field you are applying to work in in just three or four paragraphs. 

Make sure to do your research on the company that you are applying and find out what their operations are and new projects they are working on etc.

Research how the position you are applying for, connects to the company’s long term goals, that way in your third paragraph of your cover letter, you can confidently connect your experience and desire to work with the company, to their long term goal.

Cover letter is strictly a one page document, use same font as in your CV and don’t be tempted to just shrink the text to get your resume to fit on a page that will just look crammed and crude, the standard font size to use is 12, but you can adjust the size to some degree but never below 10-point font.