Make your CV interesting by noting down specific points about your academic background or career path that could be discussed at a later stage during the interview.
Assume a certain amount of creative editing in a CV and make use of current formats (e.g. PDF, Word) when you have to send an application by email.
Remember that CV writing is a form of marketing or advertising for you. Put yourself in the shoes of the employer: write down a description of the person they are looking for if you think that your candidate profile is relevant to the job description.
Information should also be presented in a logical and easily digestible form.
- Your CV should be well-structured, concise and normally no more than two pages in length.
- Consider if your CV represents yourself as a well-organized candidate.
- It should contain academic and career path histories in reverse chronological order so as to emphasize the candidate’s most recent activities.
- Ensure yourself that all the academic records, past job experience stated on your CV are true and correct as the recruiter might want to cross check the relevant documents for evidence if you are shortlisted for an interview.
- Always ensure that you provide a valid / updated contact number and email address. The recruiter might want to contact you at any point in time if your application is shortlisted.
- Always ask yourself whether you are creating a positive impression when editing your CV.
- Never leave gaps on your CV.
- Never insert your detailed transcript results on the CV. Limit yourself to provide the qualification, graduation year and your division/aggregate.
- Never overload your CV with information. The recruiter wants to see relevant information about the current job advertisement and whether your candidate profile is a good match.
- Never falsify information about yourself in a CV. Lying in a CV is a risky strategy, especially about qualifications. Instead you should be proud and confident of who you are. Integrity and reputation are more important than losing credibility with a potential employer.