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Five Simple Steps To Build A Winning CV

It is very essential to prepare adequately when building your CV simply because it is an apt representation of you; especially in your absence!

You usually have a maximum of 2 pages to impress, and you don’t want to end up with a poorly structured CV that will end up in office bins up.

You need to be careful about over-embellishing certain things and going over-the-top in an attempt to stand out; find the balance. That’s what will land you the job that you want, and that’s exactly what we’ll be looking at here as we take you on a journey to putting together a standard, and more preferably a perfect CV.

What is the best format?
The first step when writing your CV is deciding how to arrange your experiences so the employer easily understands what you can offer.
There are a number of different formats out there when it comes to CV layouts, but the two most popular types are reverse chronological and skills-based.
Both have their advantages, and the choice is yours. Skills-based CVs are usually best for candidates with a good amount of previous work experience and you can’t really go wrong with a chronological layout.
Students are fresh graduates with little or no experience are advised to adopt the reverse chronological where you list your experience in a chronological order, with the most recent at the top.
Whichever you choose, make sure it all fits on to two A4 pages.

Building Up the content
Now that you’re set on a layout (hopefully), let’s get started.
There are 5 key steps that you should follow to best demonstrate your skills and ability throughout your CV:
  1. Immediately give your full contact details, followed optionally with a brief personal statement
  2. Under the headings of  skills, educationemployment history and main achievements,  include any relevant experience from the past few years
  1. Go back to each example and the skills you’ve noted to create links. This will help to reinforce the skills an employer is looking for throughout your CV, but don’t overdo it!
  2. Add any wider personal interests at the end to help convey your character as a person.
  3. Finally add your references.
With these in mind, you can start building a CV of your own. Feel free to let us know if you get stuck. We usually get that. Cheers!
Source: Internships Ghana
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