University of Cambridge

Top 3 Tips to Write a Winning CV

1. THE OBVIOUS FIRST: INCLUDE THE STANDARD STUFF

Personal details, education and qualifications, interests and achievements, skills, languages, referees. You can use one of the many online resume templates or samples. Do not lie. You need to be able to back with facts every one of your statements, either verbally or in written.If you get offered the position, HR (or specialised consultants working for them) will conduct very thorough background checks on what is on your curriculum vitae and produce a report. Any job offer will be subject to these checks being carried to the employer's satisfaction.

2. USE EVERY DEGREE / WORK EXPERIENCE TO PROVE A SKILL

This is especially true when you are just out of university and you lack work experience. At the end of the day employers do not really care what college, degree or Masters in Business Administration (MBA) you attended. They want to know: "what skill did you learn that is going to be of any use to me?". So give them that information.

Example:

Undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics, Cambridge University, Trinity College.

SKILL (S): Built solid attention to detail skills while working under pressure and tight deadlines.

3. BE AS SPECIFIC / FACTUAL AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY BE

Do not put generic statements such as "great interpersonal skills and very hard worker". Everyone can write this, it's worthless.

What is going to make a difference between your CV and the other 999 resumes sitting on the recruiter's desk is the answer to "How well can you convince me that you have great interpersonal skills and are a hard worker"?

Use facts, numbers, rankings, awards, scores, etc. Use as many facts and figures as you can.

Example: "President of the Cambridge University Overseas Student Society. Developed strong interpersonal skills by coordinating a group of 100+ students from more than 30 nations"

CONCLUSION

Your CV is the first thing a prospective employer knows about you. By now, you have had at least months (if not a lifetime for more experienced candidates) to prepare it. There is NO reason on earth why it should not be outstanding. Following these tips will get you a long long way into landing the job offer, with little effort.

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