How to write
a Successful CV
by BC Chew
Why CV is Important?
1. It is a record about you!
2. Your CV has ONLY ONE chance to
your employer(s), with the purposes
to get yourself a chance for:
-called for a job interview
and finally being recruited.
CV is Used to:
MARKET yourself to your employer(s).
STAND out from the crowd.
MATCH yourself to the job specifications.
qualifications, knowledge, skills, qualities,
experiences and achievements.
Please follow these links:
1. How to write a successful CV
2. How to write a cover letter
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
You can add in…
• Your hobbies/interests. Relate this to “Skills and
• 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.
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)
Source: Wiggins, A. and Smith, N. 2013.
Power Words Used to Explain Your
Experience and Achievements
Source: TG, 2013.
• 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
• 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
• It is not a menu about yourself, it is an
outstanding record which you want to
document it and show to your potential
• Get ready to have sufficient evidence to prove
what you have claimed. Dishonesty will
• Wiggins, A. and Smith, N. 2013. Employment Opportunities for
School of Arts Students.
• TG. 2013. 100 Great Resume Words. [online] Available at:
http://www.aie.org/finding-a-career/writing-your-resume/100-greatresume-words.cfm [Accessed on 19 November 2013].
• YourDictionary. 2013. Adjective List for Resume. [online] Available
at: http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/parts-ofspeech/adjectives/adjective-list-for-resume.html [Accessed on 19
About the Author
Dr. Boon Cheong Chew
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