Tips for writing an impressive CV or Cover Letter & Samples

Curriculum Vitae

  • Keep it simple – it should be easy to read and use active language (Two pages of A4 are enough).
  • Include key information – personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and any professional social media presence should be clear and at the top of the page. It is important to make your name a size larger than the rest of the text as it is important for your reviewer to know who he or she is reading about.
  • A photo is only essential for jobs such as acting and modeling, otherwise it is a matter of choice
  • Showcase achievements – offer evidence of how targets were exceeded and ideas created, but always be honest.
  • Create a section for your education and qualifications.
  • Create a section for work experience if there is any.
  • Make a list of your relevant skills.
  • Create a section for other information.
  • Brainstorm your hobbies and interests. Unique interests or hobbies will make you stand out.
  • Check the company’s website for extra information about the CV. See if there is any specific information they want you to list in your CV. There might be specific directions listed on the application page.
  • Check your spelling and grammar. Check and double check – avoid sloppy errors, take a fresh look the next day and ask for a second opinion from a trusted friend or colleague.
  • Read your CV as if you were the company you are applying to.

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Cover Letter

Cover Letter is a letter that introduces you, explains your purpose for writing, highlights a few of your experiences or skills, should conclude to why you want to take the job and what are your related qualifications.
• Your cover letter should follow the basic format of a typical business letter and should address three general issues including why you are writing, what you have to offer and how you will follow up.
Perfection matters when writing cover letters. Every cover letter you write should be customized for the job you are applying for, clear and concise, grammatically correct, and error-free.
• Precisely because this letter is your introduction to an employer and because first impressions count, you should take great care to write an impressive and effective letter.
• Remember that the letter not only tells of your accomplishments but also reveals how effectively you can communicate.
• Assess the employer’s needs and your skills. Then try to match them in the letter in a way that will appeal to the employer’s self-interest.
• Write in a style that is mature but clear; avoid long and intricate sentences and paragraphs; avoid jargon. Use action verbs and the active voice; convey confidence, optimism, and enthusiasm coupled with respect and professionalism.
• It’s important to include skill, results and recognition keywords which match the description of the job for which you are applying and attest to your credentials in your cover letter to increase your chances of getting selected for an interview.

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