Writing a successful CV
A CV has to represent you when you are not in the room. It has to be your story and in your words paint an appropriate picture, it needs to be stripped down to the facts and not the opinion or emotion. These are the ‘bare bones’ that will be brought to life when you arrive in the flesh.
It is however, all too easy for that moment never to happen if the CV fails to find its way through all the other files that the interviewer has to consider.
Hints and tips
There are guidelines and techniques to consider when trying to accurately capture the facts about your career – some of these are set out below:
What you need to avoid
Develop your ‘Personal Brand’
Just as organisations create a brand image we need to think of ourselves as brands and understand what we stand for and what sort of impact and presence we want to create.
Create your ‘Brand Statement’:
Think about what you really value about your work and what is unique to you – from this create sentence which will define ‘Your Brand’.
Don’t get frustrated that this CV never seems finished. It is your history and it is the privilege of the victors to write and rewrite history. You shouldn’t want the last chapter to be written too soon.
What you wish you'd known before your job interview!