How to create a CV

Step 1: Make a plan for your CV.

Make sure you have all of the information you’ll need before you sit down to write the perfect CV. This includes the following:
Information about yourself: This includes your names, contact information, and identification number.
Working experience: Begin by listing your most recent job and work your way back to your first. Include the dates you joined and departed, the companies’ names and a summary of your major duties at each position.
Education: You must mention all of your qualifications here, beginning with the most recent and ending with the oldest. Don’t forget to include the start and end dates, as well as the names of the schools you attended.
Skills: Make a list of all the skills you’ve acquired via your numerous professions.
List the names, positions, and current contact information of coworkers who can comment on your work performance. Before you list their names, make sure you have their consent first.

Step 2: Create a CV

There are various ways to make a CV, and with so many apps and digital tools available, it’s never been easier. Keep in mind that your CV should be tailored to the job you’re applying for.
Consider the following alternatives:
Use a website like The CV Centre, cvmaker, CV designer, or Visual CV to create your CV.
At The CV Centre, Credit Compare, Business Owl, Money Smart, or Job Mail, you may create your own CV or choose from a variety of templates.
Make use of LinkedIn’s CV builder. This function builds a professional CV from all of the information you’ve entered on the site. It also allows you to select from a variety of CV styles to best suit your application.
Create your CV in a Word document. Your document should be one to two pages but you’ll need to remember to always check the required page count on the job advertisement. Save your Word document as a PDF so that no one can change your details.

Step 3: Your cover letterYour Cover Letter Your CV cover letter will be the first thing most recruiters see so it is important to write a cover letter for each job you apply for. Remember, the CV is about your skills but the cover letter should give recruiters an idea of whether you meet the company’s requirements. Read the job advertisement so that the content in your cover letter matches the requirements in the advertisement.
State the job that you are applying for in the opening line. Write down three reasons telling the recruiter why they should hire you. Once you have listed the reasons, back it up by listing your experience for each reason. OR Try using a table with two columns. The first column can state the requirements for the job (usually stated in the job advertisement) while the second column lists your qualifications that match the requirements. You can use bullet points to list your skills; they look neater. You should have a conclusion.

Step 4: Review

Now that you have designed your CV, here are 10 tips to remember when planning your CV:
Never apply for a job if you have not read the job advertisement properly. Ensure that you meet all the requirements first. Try not to include unnecessary information. You do not need to include your religion, a photo (unless it is requested), your political affiliation or date of birth. Be creative when you describe your personality or skills. Avoid using words the recruiter may have seen in 50 other CVs. Be credible. If your CV mentions specific skills, remember to back this up with previous job experience and a reference you can attest to this. Do not submit the same CV for different jobs. When you use the same CV, you may not receive feedback from potential employers as the CV may not suit the job you’re applying for. Always be neat. Your CV should be presentable and error-free. Use a font that is readable and easy to look at such as Helvetica, Century Gothic or Calibri. Avoid making everything bold or uppercase. Use design to make your CV standout. Don’t be afraid of white space. A well-designed CV is easy to read and stands out from the rest. Do not skip any important details. Make sure you have a good subject line when applying via e-mail; tell the person who you are and what job you’re applying for. The person reading your e-mail may have 100 other messages to read so ensure that your e-mail stands out. Always be contactable. If you are applying for a job, make sure you have provided the correct contact details and that you answer your phone.

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