The dos and don’ts of writing a CV (infographic)

23 Jul 2015

A CV is the first impression made between a job candidate and an employer, and there are a handful of rules you really should abide by.

Things like keeping it short and typo free are a given, but how can you use the English language to your advantage?

More importantly, how can your CV stand out from the rest?

When CVs work, they settle you into a relationship that may prosper. When they don’t, you fall into insignificance in the eyes of the employer.

Sometimes it really is worth the effort to get it right.

Not every profession relies on CVs, but far more do than don’t. Should you add a picture, colour, humour?

It’s best to measure up all the pros and cons, rather than searching for templates and merely overwriting them.

An infographic compiled by the Resume Writing Lab highlights things such as the use of power words like ‘beneficial’, ‘advanced’ and ‘collaborated’ as things that can increase your chances of impressing by 80pc.

More revealing though is that more than a third of employers consider overly generic CVs to be a negative. Do you need to change yours?

How to make your CV

Main image via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt
By Gordon Hunt

Gordon Hunt joined Silicon Republic in October 2014 as a journalist. He spends most of his time avoiding conversations about music, appreciating even the least creative pun and rueing the day he panicked when meeting Paul McGrath. His favourite thing on the internet is the ‘Random Article’ link on Wikipedia.

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