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How to write a great CV

By Abigail Hua

By Abigail Hua

In Jobs & Careers

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Putting together the perfect CV might seem like a daunting task, but it is something you can easily learn. And you're in the right place to do that!

Just set aside a little bit of time (maybe bookmark it for later) and a couple of teabags – by the end you'll be looking at a prime example of the best CV ever, with your name at the top!

Think before writing

When writing a CV, the most important thing is to prepare. Fail to prepare and prepare to fail!

We'd suggest you start by taking a pen and paper and listing your past jobs and notable achievements. This will get you thinking about what's definitely worth mentioning, and what's not quite impressive enough to include.

You only have a maximum of 2 pages to impress, and you don’t want to end up with a poorly structured, rambling or generic CV that will just end up in wastepaper bins up and down the country.

Having said that, you need to be careful about over-embellishing certain things and going overboard in an attempt to stand out from other candidates. There's a balance, and it's just a matter of finding it!

That balance is what will land you the job, and that's exactly what we'll be looking at here as we take you on a journey to putting together the perfect CV!

Download the Save The Student CV template

If you want to practice writing your CV as we go along, you're welcome to download our free, clean and professional CV template designed for students and graduates.

There are lots of free example CVs out there, including on this page, but this template has some of the best results.

What do employers look for?

An important question every job candidate should be asking!Before jumping into writing about you, turn the tables and think about what the employer will be looking for from their perfect candidate.

A CV that's tailored for the job

If you're going for a job that requires a certain set of skills (be it a bar job or graphic design position), then it's worth adapting your CV and experience to demonstrate that you're right for the job.

Also be sure to do your homework on every company you apply for. Each business is unique, so take the time to research their website, the job ad, their social media accounts, or even contact current employees if you can trace them down.

The traits of a perfect candidate

Employers will be looking for certain traits in a new employee, so the ‘perfect' candidate will vary from one vacancy to the next.

However, whilst it can be down to specific skills or relevant work experience that'll land you a job, there are a number of key personal qualities and skills that employers are always hunting for.

Nail a few of these and your chances of getting the job are looking much better:

  • Self-management (including time keeping)
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Customer care
  • IT skills
  • Academic and extra-curricula achievements
  • Commitment and enthusiasm

Have a look at the skills most wanted by employers for some more help on deciding what to list on your CV.

What makes you the ideal candidate for the job?

Now you've considered what the employer's looking for, it's time to model yourself towards this.

Forget making stuff up or pretending to be someone you're not, but instead emphasise and tailor aspects of your education, work experience and interests towards the job on offer.

Views expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect those of Student Wow Deals. Student Wow Deals accepts no responsibility for any reliance upon the articles contained herein.

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