Crafting a good CV for the job that you want.
Elements of a good CV
- Your CV is your sales pitch. It is your ‘voice’ that will engage with the Selection committee who will decide if you are worthy of that sought after interview.
- Your CV should be job specific. Tailor your CV to match the job requirements. The detail should demonstrate how your transferable skills and the scope of your responsibilities fit the prospective job.
- Words matter in a CV.Every word in your CV should convey important information. Be ruthless. Cut out all the words that sound fluffy and add no value. Use a dictionary and a thesaurus to find descriptive, action words.
Refining your the Experiences and Skills section in your CV.
Find a job advert for the position you intend applying for. See the image below that was taken from a vacancy list of teaching posts.
Starting the CV Writing Process
- Study the job requirements. Write down what knowledge is required: what skills and competencies do you need and what experience have you gained to build on in your new job?
- Highlight each criterion and make sure that you understand what each one encompasses. Paraphrase, if necessary, so that you understand the nuanced meanings. Use these key phrases as headings of each of the Experience and Skills sets you will include in your CV. Use these keywords in your CV as well as part of the activities that you are going to record.
- Head of the Senior Primary Mathematics department of 20 educators and 600 learners.
- Reduced learner absenteeism from 10% to 4% over a year.
Now it's your turn.
- You can update and refine your CV as an ongoing activity. You can also print a PDF copy for your own records.
- When you apply for a specific job, you can link only the relevant Experiences sets to that application.
Remember, CV writing is a craft. When you embark on this process, your writing will improve, your vocabulary will expand and you will be impressed with the basket of qualities, skills and experience you have gained without being aware thereof.