Your CV is one of the most important documents after school because it’s how employers decide whether or not you’re the right fit for a job. However, when you’re creating your CV there can be a lot to figure out such as what goes where, how to properly arrange the sections, what font and font style and some other details. Here is a step by step guide that you can use to create your CV in no time at all.
Find The Right Template For You
The easiest way to get started making your CV is by using a CV template. All you have to do is open Microsoft Word and then instead of starting with a blank document, you can start with a template. You can find dozens of CV templates under the ‘Resumes and Cover Letters section of MS Word’s templates. A good rule is to avoid CV templates that have a lot of colour or images in them because those are non-standard on the Ghanaian job market.
Change Out The Details With Yours
An important skill that you’re going to need when you’re writing your CV is the ability to say more with fewer words. You need to be able to sell your skills and share your work experiences while keeping your CV’s content under two pages. When you select a CV template, you’ll instantly see all the sections that need to go on your CV. Starting on paper, and writing down each section’s content in full without sparing any details can make it easier for you to select what is important and makes it onto your actual CV.
Get Your CV Reviewed
Once you’re done editing your details into a CV template, the next step is to check to see if what you’ve come up with can actually get you a job. A good idea is to show your CV to friends and family or other people in your professional network and try to get some feedback. There are also online CV review services like Top Resume and Live Career.
Save A PDF Copy Of Your CV
Now you want to save a copy of your CV as a pdf to send out when you’re applying for jobs. Sending a pdf instead of a Word document helps you avoid formatting issues and makes sure that your CV can open on most devices (even mobile phones) without any extra steps.
Edit Your CV For Different Roles
Once you have your CV it can be tempting to send it out as is for roles that you’re interested in. However, to get the best result (and increase your chances of getting called back for a role) edit your CV any time that you’re applying for a new position. Try to match keywords in the job description with the ones on your CV so that you come off as a better match for those particular roles.