20 December, 2017

How to Fill a Sparse CV

You have probably seen a lot of tips that tell you, that your CV shouldn't be longer than two A4 format pages. Even if it's not a problem for you now, believe me, that time will come when this requirement will be difficult to achieve because of the broad experience that you will have. However, in case you're writing a CV for the first time, the situation will be completely different, as you won't have much to say. Let's assume that you have already increased the font size, listed all your school exams and made the margins bigger but it still looks poorly. What to do? Follow this five tips and your CV will look just fine:

1) Create skills-oriented CV. Standard CV usually has education, experience, employment history, key skills etc. And it works well in case you have enough to write, but if you're not that experienced yet, you need to get creative. One way to do this is to frame your CV around your skills. Keep the section with your education and let the rest of the CV be a list of your skills. List them in a certain order depending on the role that you're applying for.

2) Include a personal statement. Unfortunately, the CV centered on skills isn't something that all employers will gladly accept. If you still want to create a conventional CV but feel that it should be longer in length you can add a personal statement. It's a good advice on writing a CV because the personal statement is a valuable thing for people who are just starting out and it's the thing that can make them standout. It can be difficult for a teenager to tell what their long-term goals are, but there's nothing supernatural about it if you know how. The personal statement should be concise (no longer than 50 words), focused and it should tell about your future goals.

3) Avoid including irrelevant information. I know that this article is about extending your CV, but just because it is short you shouldn't make it longer by including useless trivia. If you don't know how an award for singing or a prize in a first-aid contest can get you closer to the position that you desire to obtain than don't include it in your CV. Also, if you have relevant awards, but they aren't that impressive (like for instance a bronze medal in a local competition), it's also advised to abstain from including them. If you won a bronze prize in the national competition, then be sure to include it.

4) Ask your loved ones. Sometimes we forget about our achievements or think that certain skills aren't worth mentioning in the CV. In case you're not sure if you have included everything that's relevant to your prospective position you may ask your friends and family. Maybe they will point out to something that you have overlooked.

5) Include helpful information. Helpful information is - full name, e-mail address, postal address and telephone number. Information should be actual and relevant. Including a photo is optional.

Now you know how to make your CV professional.

20 December, 2017