Why you should create a draft CV
So you’ve chosen your favourite CV template and now you’re ready to get typing. But is this the best approach to writing a CV?
Creating a draft CV is typically a great way to get started, and will often provide you with a better end result. With a draft CV you are more likely to construct your final version in a more detailed methodical way.
Here are some great tips on how to create a draft CV…
What sections do you require for your CV?
After choosing a CV template you will now be able to see what sections need completing, but before entering your details straight onto the template you should consider a much more basic approach.
Grab a pen and paper and write down all of the sections you need to complete. A good place to start is the ‘skills’ section where you can begin to list everything you’ve learnt. Then, highlight all of the most important and relevant skills and consider crossing out the ones that won’t have any bearing on the new role you’re applying for.
A draft CV is a great way to brainstorm
Creating a draft CV allows you to throw ideas onto the page as quickly as possible, and effectively brainstorm whatever’s on your mind. It doesn’t matter how insignificant it may seem, you should always jot it straight down and come back to it later. Even if you don’t use half of what you brainstorm, you’ll often find that one idea inspires another, and then another.
Another great way to write a draft CV is to have the job advert sat next to you so you can keep checking that what you are writing down is relevant to the employer. This will allow you to focus on what’s important right from the start!