Creating the Perfect CV & Cover Letter
Lead with your cover letter
Cover letters are often the root cause for the success a CV in terms of gaining the attention of the recruiter. To some, cover letters may seem like an unnecessary formality but it acts as your introduction and its purpose is to entice a recruiter to consider reading your CV.
A perfect cover letter should have some basic qualities. There is no rocket science to it. First of all it should be precise. The recruiter is unlikely to be interested in your life story so try to explain the gist of it in as minimum words as possible. Secondly, your opinion on your suitability for the job and the qualities you intend to bring to the company should be made very clear. You should mention the reason that compelled you to apply for the particular job and last but not least, try to be yourself whilst writing it.
Allow your CV to speak for you
Following a good read of your perfect cover letter, the recruiter is going to review your CV, so here is your opportunity to really close the deal. There are certain points that need to be addressed in this document so apply each element in a precise and effective manner.
First of all, provide them with up to date personal details, along with an email address that you check regularly. Try to use an email address that refers to your full name for a professional impression, employers don’t want to know your nickname at this point. Also ensure that your contact details are clearly displayed and visible should they wish to call you right away!
Your CV should include an enlistment of your relevant work experiences. For each position it can be helpful to outline essential details of your key responsibilities and role duties.
Education & qualifications
Education is the key element for boosting up the value of your CV so provide the necessary information about your qualifications and achievements.
Practical skills & knowledge
Your practical skills, knowledge and understanding should be highlighted, as they may reflect the requirements of the position that you are applying for.
Lastly, your CV should be typed, spell-checked and well structured to demonstrate your professionalism. Getting this element right is like putting the icing on the cake! Any negatives in presentation can have a negative effect, as the employer will view the CV as the standard of work they can expect from you.
Always remember your CV is the only piece of paper that represents you. Between your CV and cover letter you offer a recruiter a snapshot into your professional life thus far, so before you submit it to them, ensure that each document supports the statements in the other.
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