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Making your CV more effective

A Monster guide

You've got the basic elements of your skills and experience down

Now you need to fine tune your CV to ensure it's got the X factor that will have employers queueing up for your services

Your CV must make the reader believe you're a worthwhile product

Business people generally have the same objectives

Profit, bigger market share, developing their business and creating new products for their customers

They will look for candidates who will help them to achieve these objectives

Whether you have two months or 20 years worth of experience, the rules are the same

Show what you've done or have the potential to bring to the table

Achievements come in all shapes and sizes...

...And are different for every job

For some, you'll be able to show concrete evidence such as percentage increases in sales, or money saved by streamlining

For others you will need to work harder to show that the influence you had on a major project or task had a major impact

Try to pick at least one specific example per job you've held

And explain briefly how it improved the business

It can't be stressed often enough that your CV is designed to get you the interview, not the job

So remember not to delve into too much detail

Provide enough information to entice potential employers to invite you in....

...Where you can explain face-to-face the exact details of the tasks you've undertaken and the skills you've learnt

Be careful not to give valuable space to insignificant achievements

As you refine your CV, discard any content that is not sending you in the right way.

From management talk to obscure abbreviation, the world of business is packed full of cliches and most people hate them.

Phrases such as 'team player', 'results orientated', 'good communicator' are worthless without evidence

Be very careful of using abbreviations...

...Especially if you're changing industry

The first person who evaluates your CV is usually somebody in the HR team who may not be an expert in your field

Technology has made everyone's life easier when it comes to recruitment...

...From uploading your CV to an online database so employers come pick out your skills...

...to recording a video CV that gives employers of visual overview of what you can offer their company

You're only limitation is your own creativity

This guide was brought to you by Monster

For more advice jobs career tours visit monster.co.uk

Introduction

How to write a CV in English.  A great introduction to basic English vocabulary related to the CV (Curriculum Vitae), and some useful advice too!

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