Tips To Craft The Perfect Professional CV
Whether you’re a fresh graduate or on the lookout for a new role, a well-crafted CV is a must. While there are many ways to create a CV, a good CV is typically a succinct and error-free document that highlights your qualifications, experience, skills and achievements. Here are some tips on how to craft the perfect professional CV:
1. Select the right font
Your CV may be read on screen or in hardcopy so it’s important to select a font that’s easy on the eyes and not distracting. The top 5 fonts that consistently make it into the list of CV-friendly fonts are Garamond, Arial, Georgia, Helvetica and Calibri. Remember to steer clear of creative fonts such as Comic Sans or Calligraphy, which are more suited to non-professional documents.
2. Take it up a notch with video
In addition to providing the usual CV document, consider sending a video as well. Video CVs allow your personality to shine through and help you stand out from the crowd. Be sure to keep it short and highlight salient points on how you can bring value to the company and why you are perfect for the job at hand. Better yet, create a YouTube channel purely for professional purposes.
3. Highlight your LinkedIn profile
Research has shown that 45% of employers view potential candidates online and most employers consider LinkedIn to be a good starting point when researching a potential candidate. Beef up your professional online profile by highlighting your portfolio and providing working links to your blogs, articles you’ve written or literary works you’ve published.
4. Include a cover letter
An impactful, well-written cover letter that includes a call-to-action can make your CV look really polished. Keep it concise but remember these main points: Introduce yourself; make your pitch by highlighting the reasons you are interested in and qualified for the job at hand; include an example of an achievement, e.g. Helmed a successful project that was delivered ahead of time; provide your contact details, and conclude with a call-to-action, e.g. offer to further explain how you can add value to the company through an interview.
5. Proofread for errors and readability
A CV riddled with grammar and spelling errors, lengthy sentences and poor formatting leaves a bad impression. Take advantage of apps designed to check for grammar and spelling errors to clean up sentences and weed out any misspelt words, and revise sentences to make them more concise. Get someone to review the final version for good measure.