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Do you really know the purpose of your Curriculum Vitae?

An effective CV gets you an interview, not a job.  A CV is a brief, concise document that effectively sells your most relevant and positive credentials for employment, admission to tertiary institutions, consideration for a scholarship or other professional purpose.

An employer will usually spend 15 to 20 seconds reviewing your CV.  With so little time to impress the content of your CV should demonstrate the benefits you will bring to your future employer and be free of grammatical errors, or you could potentially miss the shortlist.   Your curriculum vitae may be the only chance you get to make an impression, so make it a good one.  

A good CV is tailored to meet specific position criteria.  This includes drawing attention to strengths, achievements and technical know-how relevant to the position sought after.   If you are sending out your CV and not getting phone calls, then you need to take a closer look at what you are sending out.   

Employers and recruitment agencies want evidence of the affect your previous roles and duties had on the business, your team, the project or trade.

The secret behind how to write a curriculum vitae is to highlight your achievements. This allows the reader to gain a real insight into your abilities and potential. Automatically this starts to set you apart from CVs merely listing a series of job descriptions.

When your CV shows the employer what you are capable of doing, you will stand out from the crowd. You will be first in line to get that coveted phone call for an interview…and that is the whole purpose of a CV.

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Kerri Peterson is the founder of The CV Company. Kerri has more than 15 years experience in the human resources and recruitment industry holding recruitment consultant, administration, operations and marketing positions. Kerri is accomplished in editing, culling and writing resumes for professional and skilled trade occupations, graduates, school leavers, career mums and people returning to the workplace after an extended absence.

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