How To Avoid Writing a Bad CV

The best way to ensure that you have a good CV is to avoid writing a bad CV in the first place. Here are some proactive steps you can take to ensure that your CV doesn’t fall in to the “bad” list:

Start By Quantifying Your Experience

As you draft your CV, try to anticipate how you can put together your information in a way that will be very compelling to recruiters. What is the most effective way to do that?

PRO TIP Add compelling facts and figures.

Question: How can you easily achieve this?

Answer: As you are thinking about your experience, ask yourself, ‘How many?’ ‘How often?’ and ‘How much?’ For example:

 How many people were on your past team? Are on your current team?
 How many people have you or did you train in your current or past role?
 How many tasks do you complete? How often did you complete those tasks?
 How much time/money/etc. was saved because of what you did?

 How many people did you collaborate with or are collaborating with?
 What sort of work projects have you completed or are completing?

 What is the financial and non-financial impact of the projects you are working on or you worked on?

Adding specific quantifiers to your past and current work experience makes it more relatable, interesting, and valuable,.

Be Determined To Proofread Your CV

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to make sure your CV shines like glass. How can you achieve that? Proofread it before you send it out.

Proofreading is often the most overlooked task in CV writing — but it’s actually a great way of subtly demonstrating an important job skill. You will reduce grammatical errors, correct weird wording, and demonstrate that you are a thorough professional and you are detail-oriented.

It is always a great idea to have a second set of eyes review your CV after you have worked on it. It is always a great way to make sure there are no errors.

Here is another little know professional tip for reviewing your CV to ensure it is coherent:

After reading it through from beginning to end, start at the end and read it backward. This will help you catch any typos that you may have missed because the human brain often ‘autocorrects’ things as we read, but when we read things backward, we are forced to look at each word and mistakes are easier to spot.”

Choose To Embrace Brevity

Restrict yourself to communicate in as few words as possible without loosing the essence of your thoughts. This is probably the highest-impact piece of advice you will ever get (and the toughest to implement) on your CV drafting journey. To put it simply “when in doubt, delete it,” Long CVs are a no no no . except of course it’s a cv meant for academics (even at that, the idea is to an interview invite so you can get a chance to sell yourself in person)

“There are sometimes (rarely) reasons for a CV to go beyond two pages; there’s almost never a reason to go to three pages,. As a rule of the thumb If you are a high performing top notch, experienced professional and you can get your resume to one page, that is a boss move like no other.

Which of these tips are you applying to your CV right-away


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