Stuck on a blank page? Once upon a time not helping? Here are some quick tips on writing an impressive Curriculum Vitae:

Use Microsoft Office Word/ Microsoft Office Word Online

  • Believe it or not, Microsoft Word does a lot more than providing you a canvas to write down your qualifications. There is an option for the type of document you’re writing. Most people go ahead and click on the blank document not realising there is an option for you to choose a resume, and even then there are options on the type of resume you’re writing. With this template laid out for you, you can easily just fill in all the information and you’re good to go!

Introduction

  • Your introduction is basically your first pitch to your employer. Some employers have to read tonnes of CVs and they merely skim through each CV. The best way to catch their attention is by writing an awesome introduction. It is essential to start by telling a person who you are, just like when you’re going for an interview. Write about yourself, your highest qualifications, and of course, if you have some recent work experience – but make sure all these pieces of information are relevant. You don’t want to be telling the employer that you were a school tutor if you’re applying for a sales or marketing job in your introduction. Your introduction should end with your career aim, like, if you’re looking to secure a position in a media organisation where you can bring immediate and strategic value and develop your current skillset further.

Writing Style

  • A profile needs to be concise to be effective. Too much text provides a large block which readers tend to skip; they need short bursts of information. If you can’t get your messages across in a maximum of five lines, the profile is probably too complicated. Use sub-headers and bullet points. This helps you get straight to the point without complicating things. And make sure you don’t mix up between the first and third person. Read out loud the CV when you’ve written your first draft to make sure it reads naturally.

Problem Profiles

  • Phrases like “self motivated” and “team player” simply suggest you have nothing special or different to offer. Focus on particular skills rather than making blind statements that suggest perfection, and don’t make bigger claims than your evidence allows. For example, “excellent communication skills” – excellent by whose standards?

Your profile must be very focused, and in a formal language. All listed achievements should link to hard evidence and, where possible, should indicate where you were working when you used the skill.

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Posted by Derek Toh

Derek is the founder and CEO of WOBB.CO. He was part of the pioneer batch for the Stanford-MaGIC Entrepreneurship Program, and is also a mentor for McKinsey & Company's Youth Leadership Academy. Derek is on a mission to revolutionise work culture in Asia. He cares about initiatives that improve education and the talent market. Derek is also a big fan of superhero movies, and has been told that he drinks too much coffee during the day.