Job and Career

5 Key Tips to Spice-Up Your CV

When writing a CV there is always things we wish were different. We play with styles, outlines, and follow guides to try and perfect our CV, but nothing seems to work. CV’s are a useful resource to companies that provide them with information on you and your eligibility for their companies. CV’s are made to impress and demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and experience for the job and how you can be beneficial to them and their company. We’ve got 5 tips to spice up your cv and we’re sharing them with you!

by Amy Q.

5 Key Tips to Spice-Up Your CV

Back To Basics

Make sure you’re CV is not overlooking the basics. Make sure it has a place for your personal and contact information, you skills, your education background, your hobbies, your achievements, clubs, volunteer work, work experience, certifications and degrees, interests and references. Do not exceed more than two sheets of A4 paper.

Also make sure you CV is clean, not crumpled or folded, and neat. Use an A4 envelope to hold your CV and application in, and present it to the employer in this manner. This will leave a good impression on your potential employer.

Filling In The Details

Make sure to really think about what you’ve done that have helped you gain skills, widen your interests, and gain experience. When you fill out these sections, think of common to unique things that you are able to do. What is simple or unique to you is something that can impress someone else. Use it all to your advantage.

With your skills, make sure to include problem solving skills, speaking another language, communication, computers, team or group projects, and even planning projects or group getaways. All of these skills can be used and are invaluable to the right employer. Make sure to list everything that you are capable of doing. It looks good.

The interests section is a way for your employer to get to know you. This allows for common ground when talking. Make sure to include everything you can think of liking, sports, television shows, movies, actors, singers, bands, gardening, crafting, cooking, or even painting. The interests is just to help you connect with your future boss and other employees. They want to know what type of person you are and what you’ll be like in the group setting.

Experience is key, so make sure you list only the experience that will help you get this job. While listing every experience you’ve had in jobs may be fun, don’t do it. It takes time to go through each one to pick out what work setting is closest to your potential one. Only include the experience that relates to the job or the skills you have learned.

References Are A Must

While you may think that some employers don’t call, and they don’t, others do and will. Even if they don’t call, it looks impressive to have people listed on your resume as those who would back you as an employee. Without the references, the CV doesn’t look finished. With references, the CV looks complete, gives the employer an opportunity to ask about you and your work, and allows for your CV to be backed and supported.

Personal Affect

Include a personal statement in your CV. This allows for you to tailor the CV to the job and to make your CV look refreshing, new, and professional. A personal statement shows the company why you’re interested and what you think you can do to better their company.

A personal statement on your CV will land you the job you want, if done correctly, because it makes the employer see you as a person, rather than an application. Make sure to include this after the personal and contact information section. This should be the first thing they read.

Use A Premade Template

Office offers premade templates for CV and you would be wise to make use of them. Templates provide the CV to be structured, easier to read, and to be designed well without going overboard. Premade templates are often designed by employers to allow potential employees to have access to what they want CV’s to look like.

Make sure not to over word your CV and cause the template to be bulky or under word, where the template comes out too thin. You need the right balance of information to make a CV that will help you succeed.


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