How to draft a winning CV

How to draft a winning CV

by Cathy Litton


Its never to late to update and refresh your CV.  There are 4 main points that need to be covered when drafting your CV.

  1. Be Clear and Specific​

It is imperative that you get your story straight. Take some time before you start to think about where you have been and where you wold like to go.  Why you have decided to change roles or have a complete career change.  This will always be a question in an interview and being prepared will allow a concise and well-articulated response. The response needs to be clear and consistent with your resume and/ or cover letter. The questions that you may be asked will be around the role and responsibilities you would like and your expectations on hours and salary.  Your commencement date needs to be firm and your disclosure on your expectations of the new role is something your must also articulate.  The other very important area you need to be clear with is your experience.  Make a very clear list on what skills you have and what tasks you feel competent and confident performing. For example, billing, theatre billing and quotes or diary management. Another example would be your software experience and computer skills you have. You would also include if you have management experience as a supervisor or marketing expertise.  These are all examples that need to be communicated and you need to be ready to elaborate on in an interview.

  1. Revise and Refresh

It is a highly competitive market and your CV is your first opportunity to demonstrate your industry expertise and experience. Always include your complete work history, as employment gaps are easily noticed and tend to raise questions.  It is very important to communicate your transferrable skills and experience with prospective employers together with details of these. For example the use of IT in a workplace and competency around different software programmes. Another transferrable skill maybe with book keeping or client management.  Demonstrating your skills is very important and ensuring your CV is up to date is critical when creating a compelling CV.

  1. Summary and Bullet Points

At the beginning of CV ensure you place a brief summary and some bullet points of your most valuable skills.  This is a key selling point and feature place you can communicate your strengths. An interesting paragraph about yourself.  Ideally it could shed some light on your personality, or your interests and background.  A CV cannot be too long and it needs to be straight to the point. To many pages can be distracting and hard to find information. Bullet points are useful with quickly but effectively communicating your skills and experience.

  1. Achievements

Make sure you promote yourself and provide information on your career achievements. Avoid too much industry jargon however focus on courses or certificate qualification you may have. You can also discuss any achievements you have made, for example a reduction in aged debtors by 80% or an increase in patients satisfaction by 50%.  Something that communicates clearly your achievements.