It’s increasingly hard to get a job – and a good one – these days, and although there is a lot to consider when you’re looking to get a job, effective business writing plays a major part in helping you succeed.
We’re very lucky to welcome Lynn Tulip as a new columnist on HowToWriteBetter – to share her tips on where good writing really counts in the whole process to get a job, and give us the benefit of her very considerable experience. The founder of popular career consultancy Assessment4Potential, Lynn leads a team of highly qualified experts helping thousands of job seekers of all ages get a job they truly want – and are ideally suited for. Read more about Lynn and her qualifications here.
And to get us off to a good start, here Lynn’s checklist of the most important elements of your CV / résumé (she will be going into detail about CVs / résumés later in the series)….
Your CV / résumé must…
**Be structured so your material all fits on a maximum of two pages, printed one side only
**Not contain any spelling, grammatical or punctuation errors
**Show typing that is neat, clean and professional looking
**Show your name, address and contact details presented as a heading at the top
**Have margins at the sides and bottom of at least 3 cm wide
**Use a layout that makes reading easy
**Not use paragraphs longer than six lines each
**Have important titles emphasized in BOLD, underlining or capital letters (but not overdone)
**Use indentations and bullets to organise information logically
**Use action words to communicate achievements and results
**Not contain irrelevant personal information
**Use sentences and paragraphs which have been edited to eliminate unnecessary and redundant information
**Avoid repetition of words and phrases
**Have an overall appearance that invites one to read it
**Above all, demonstrate YOUR ability to produce results
Watch out for Lynn’s tips next week!
Now: let’s make sure you get that job…
“Get That Job” by Lynn Tulip … The art of successful job hunting (print, Kindle)
“Can’t Get That Job?” by Lynn Tulip … Seven killer CV mistakes that destroy your chance of job success (print, Kindle)
“How To Write About Yourself” by Suzan St Maur … how to make the most of yourself, whatever you need to write (PDF download)