So you’re looking for a job, but you don’t have a resume? Look no further, because we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to perfecting your CV writing skills. Here, we’ll tell you how to write a cover letter, how to customise your skills to best impress your potential employers, and how to structure the whole thing. Here are our top tips for making a winning resume and securing your employment…

  • Make it personal: that means, don’t address it to ‘sir/madam’ – do your homework and find out who the recruiting officer is. Its a simple start, but making the effort to know who you’re dealing with can be quite impressive.
  • Address the company: this may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people make generic resumes don’t even mention what employment they’re applying for.
  • Be honest: write your cover letter, explaining your experience, your skills and why you want the job. But don’t lie about your qualifications just to get employment – you’ll get caught out in the end.
  • Be organised: use subheadings like ‘References‘, ‘Skills‘ and ‘Previous Employment‘ – it makes the whole resume easy to read, and gives the employer all they need to know under neat little headings.
  • Talk yourself up: whilst its bad protocol to lie, you are allowed to talk yourself up a little bit, without seeming arrogant, of course. Let the employers know what you’re good at, and just how good you are. There’s no shame in being smart.
  • Be relevant: don’t tell them about your primary school or how you were class captain in year 8. Tell them about the places you’ve worked and people you’ve worked with that actually make sense for the job you’re applying for.

There are a million things you need to know about applying for a job. These tools are just the tip of the iceberg, but we’re going to aim to give you the whole thing. Good luck!