Whether you’re applying for a job or even to university, it’s likely that you’ll be asked for a CV. A CV is a brief overview of your working life, highlighting the most impressive or important things you’ve done, as well as your important qualifications and some personal details. Employers and interviewers see hundreds of these a day, so it can feel intimidating to even try to make one. Even with that, it’s something that often needs to be done; but how do you make one?
A CV is vital when applying for jobs. No matter where you go, it’s very likely that you’ll be asked for one. It’s likely that you’ll be asked for a cover letter with a CV, but a cover letter is much more specific to a job. A CV is one sheet of paper that you can use in any interview, and you only need to update it if you have another job or qualification to add to it. Overall, you’ll only have to make this document once, then it’s a matter of keeping it up to date. Everyone has a different way of making theirs, it even varies with what kind of job you’re applying for. A CV should include -
I had to write my first CV in college as a part of our course, and it felt impossible. I didn’t know where to start. It was stressful to even think about. I remember my lecturer telling us to make it look nice. He said to make it reflect who you are as a person. Personally, I’m still not quite sure how to do that in a CV, but it sounded like a good piece of motivational advice. Since then, I’ve redone my CV quite a few times. I’ve lost count of how many. Through constant googling and picking up advice from people here and there, I’ve created a functional CV. It’s not perfect, but it’s not something that’ll be perfect the first time. It takes a couple goes to really get it down, but once you do, you’ve done it. Here are some of the tricks I picked up along the way, and hopefully these are useful to you:
Those are my tips on how to make a CV! Hopefully these are enough to help you get an idea of what to do or what to expect when making one! Remember, when you’re just getting started, no one’s going to expect it to be perfect or incredibly detailed. As long as you keep updating it, it’ll all be fine. Good luck! You’ve got this!
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