How to Write a CV that is marketable to the Employer

1.    You must remember that a CV is a tool that you can use to get the best job that you’ve always wanted so it must be presented in way that is conducive to the employer and which will have all the information regarding your skills, competencies and your attributes which will convey to the employer that you are the best person for the job.

2. Employers advertise for vacancies that exist in their organizations and sometimes they are looking for the best candidate just by looking at the persons CV.

3.  A CV should be convincing and persuasive on how it is presented and should address all of the information that you want. It should be packed with information that is relevant to the vacancy and also addressing the principle accountabilities to the post. Most of all your skills, attributes and personal qualities should be presented in your CV.

4.  When you prepare your CV you should consult the USP Career Counselor who has a variety of modern CV format to choose from. It is common knowledge that Employers have different preferences but a CV is yours and you should present in a way that is marketable to the employer.

Here are some tips for a marketable CV

1.   A good CV should be about 3 to 4 pages and the layout should be consistent throughout its presentation.

2.  It should generally start from a little profile of yourself followed by a personal objective in what you hope to achieve in terms of your career.

3.  Your CV should then follow with the relevant skills and competencies and it should be presented in a way that is marketable at a first glance.

4. Then it should follow with some of your academic achievements together with your major research areas that you have undergone in the course of your studies. This is will enhance your research skills and will inform the employer that you can be innovative in your new job by introducing new ideas to the organization.

5.   Your employment history should be introduced in which all period of employment should be captured clearly together with all the dates and duration of employment and reasons for leaving.

6.   A very important aspect of a CV is the references which should probably be the last part of your CV. Some employers prefer a reference to be included with a letter of application, while some employers just prefer to cite the name of a person who would be willing to provide a CV when requested.

7.  You must include some special characteristics that you possess that will make you stand out from other people.

8.  Please visit the USP Career Center and speak with the USP Career Counselor on tips on how to write a modern CV.

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