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How to Write a Successful CV: A Primer for Job-seekers

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Everyone's advice on writing your resume is that you have to begin it with a very powerful introduction to make a great first impression because like what they always say, you only have 20 seconds.

And that is true, because employers are always busy and they get hundreds if not thousands of resumes from applicants for vital positions. Though it may be daunting at first, it is not actually as hard as you think. And according to Prospects, writing your resume is just compiling your past experiences when it comes to education, work experiences, as well as leisure. Just think about the things you have learned and the skills you have developed.

And to help you get started, here are a few ways to write a resume that's impossible for employers to ignore.

Think about what you want to discuss in your resume

Looking for samples of resume layouts can help according to LiveCareer, but you have to come up with your own and think about the content you would like to show in your resume. Make sure to carefully communicate your strengths, experiences, personality traits that will add value to your application.

Determine the focus of your resume

You have to consider the types of job you are targeting because your resume should be targeted towards your desired career goal. You must focus on your key strengths that will contribute to the business and the organization.

Start writing the draft

The best way for you to get started is by starting to draft it in Word notepad. Just worry about the format afterwards. Begin with the framework containing the major components of a resume and just worry about the polishing later.

Proofread and polish your resume

Edit your resume and make sure you have used the best and the most appropriate words you can use and eliminate the unnecessary ones. Also double check typo errors, misspellings, grammatical errors and everything else that will only put your efforts to waste. You can also ask your family and friends to proofread it for you.

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