CV Writing Tips
There's only ever one reason to write a CV - to secure a job interview. So it's essential that your CV accentuates your skills and experiences and shows your career in the best possible light.
It is the first impression that a potential employer will have of you, so take the time to get it right - you may not get another opportunity. Your CV could be your ticket to your perfect job in travel, so here's some dos and don'ts to point you in the right direction.
- DO be professional. Your CV isn't the place to show your personality - leave that for the job interview
- DON'T go beyond two pages with your resume
- DO consider bullet points to make your resume as reader-friendly as possible (remember, employers read numerous CVs, so they won't dedicate a huge amount of time to your application)
- DON'T lie on your resume - you could get found out and end up losing the job
- DO start with your most current role and work backwards
- DON'T list too much experience on your resume. If you've been working for a long period of time, then just detail roughly the last 15 years' worth of jobs
- DO use statistics. Use numbers to tell employers how many people you have supervised, by what percentage you increased sales, how many products you represented etc.
- DON'T leave out information - even if you had a year out or weren't working. If you leave gaps, potential employers are likely to think the worst
- DO think in terms of achievements when preparing your resume. These are seen as being more important to prospective employers than job responsibilities
- DON'T include a photograph. This can give the wrong impression
- DO include as much contact information as possible - anything that would enable an employer to reach you during business hours is worth including
- DON'T include your salary details or what you expect to earn. This can lead you to either be deemed too expensive for some roles or too inexperienced for others
- DO check your CV carefully before sending it out. Your computer's spellchecker isn't perfect, so try to get a second opinion from family or friends
Now take a look at our job interview guide.