I am astonished when I see sites advertising ‘write your CV in minutes’. I suppose the question is really ‘how many minutes ‘
The time it takes to write a CV depends on a number of factors. But if I were writing a CV for myself I would allow at least half a day and probably more time than that. And why not!
When you consider how much is at stake – that this CV represents the only contact you have with an employer – that if you have a bad CV you are simply not giving yourself a chance – that your job is pivotal to your life and your lifestyle – that a good CV can make all the difference between success and failure in your career – then I can truly say that you should spend as much time as it takes to produce the very best CV and that you need all the help you can get.
Trawl the internet to find advice on CV writing before you start. Some of the advice you will want to take on board and some you will not agree with – that’s fair enough – after all it’s your CV. You may decide to invest in a template to give you some guidance on the structure of your CV. Make a plan, get all your information together and only then should you start writing your CV.
But remember – it will take a good number of minutes to create the very best possible CV.