How to Write a Successful CV


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How to Write a Successful CV

  1. 1. How to write a Successful CV by BC Chew on 19/11/2013
  2. 2. Why CV is Important? 1. It is a record about you! 2. Your CV has ONLY ONE chance to impress your employer(s), with the purposes to get yourself a chance for: -further communication, -called for a job interview and finally being recruited.
  3. 3. CV is Used to: • • • • MARKET yourself to your employer(s). STAND out from the crowd. MATCH yourself to the job specifications. SELL your qualifications, knowledge, skills, qualities, experiences and achievements.
  4. 4. Links Please follow these links: 1. How to write a successful CV Write_a_Successful_CV 2. How to write a cover letter Write_a_Cover_Letter
  5. 5. Understand the Job and the Company • Research the job and the company: -The company history -The company vision/mission/core values -The company business -The names of the top management executives -The job requirements
  6. 6. You can add in… • Your hobbies/interests. Relate this to “Skills and Abilities”. • The charitable/voluntary activities you took part and put this at “Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA)”. Your hobbies/interests and charitable/voluntary activities should give ideas of what kind of person you are. Keep in mind what job you are applying for, and think what would be interesting for your employer(s) to know about you.
  7. 7. Express Your Achievements: -E.g. Customer Service My work as a sales assistant has helped me to improve my customer services skills, in particular dealing with customers with disabilities in a professional manner. *paragraph or in bullet form(s)
  8. 8. Skills Map Source: Wiggins, A. and Smith, N. 2013.
  9. 9. Power Words Used to Describe Yourself Active/Aggressive Ambitious Attentive Calm Caring Cheerful Committed Confident Considerate Conscientious Consistent Creative Dependable Determined Detail-oriented Diligent Diplomatic Dynamic Eager Ethical Energetic Enterprising Enthusiastic Experienced Flexible/Adaptable Focused Friendly Goal-oriented Hard-working Honest Imaginative Independent Industrious Innovative Leader Loyal Methodical Multi-tasker Motivated Organised Passionate Persistent Practical Proactive Productive Professional Punctual Reliable Resolute Realistic Responsible Responsive Self-starter Sincere Skilful Strategic Steadfast Studious Thoughtful Trustworthy Team-player Warm
  10. 10. Power Words Used to Explain Your Experience and Achievements Assisted Able Action Analysis Achieved Accomplished Advanced Conducted Consulted Completed Conducted Contributed Coordinated Delegated Developed Delivered Designed Defined Diversified Directed Distinguished Encouraged Earned Enhanced Evaluated Examined Facilitated Formulated Fulfilled Forecasted Generated Gained Gathered Gave Helped Hosted Increased Identified Implemented Improved/Improvised Influenced Launched Maintained Managed Marketed Maximized Mediated Modernized Motivated Source: TG, 2013. Negotiated Observed Obtained Operated Organized Originated Overhauled Oversaw Participated Performed Pioneered Planned Prepared Presented Promoted Provided Published Pursued Quantified Received Recommended Redesigned Reengineered Reorganized Represented Resolved Restructured Revised Safeguarded Secured Selected Specified Spearheaded Standardized Strengthened Structured Suggested Superseded Supervised Targeted Taught Tested Trained Transcended Unified Upgraded Utilized Validated Valued Wrote
  11. 11. Tips • Tailor the CV to the requirements of each job you applying for. • Make it clear to the employer that you are the right person for the job. • Neat and professional looking, to the best standard you can achieve in content and layout.
  12. 12. Tips • Be concise, 2 pages are enough (be selective on writing out your record). • Be positive, it should emphasise your achievements, strengths, positive attitudes and your successes. Use the power words! • Good English that must be freed from grammatical errors.
  13. 13. Tips • It is not a menu about yourself, it is an outstanding record which you want to document it and show to your potential employers. • Get ready to have sufficient evidence to prove what you have claimed. Dishonesty will destroy you.
  14. 14. References • Wiggins, A. and Smith, N. 2013. Employment Opportunities for School of Arts Students. • TG. 2013. 100 Great Resume Words. [online] Available at: [Accessed on 19 November 2013]. • YourDictionary. 2013. Adjective List for Resume. [online] Available at: [Accessed on 19 November 2013].
  15. 15. About the Author • • • • Dr. Boon Cheong Chew Email: LinkedIn: Primary research interests: -Renewable energy development & deployment -Clean technology innovation & introduction -Green & sustainability practices -Human technology innovation & introduction *All of them are angled from social science and management perspectives.