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How to write a job-winning CV and Cover Letter for 2024 job applications

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Table of Contents

To get started on your CV, gather information about your education, work experience, skills, and achievements. Use a clean, professional format with clear headings.

The main CV body

1. **Personal Information:**
– Full Name
– Contact Information (phone, email)
– LinkedIn Profile (if applicable)

2. **Summary:**
– Briefly highlight your key skills and career objectives.

3. **Education:**
– Degree, Major, University, Graduation Year

4. **Work Experience:**
– List your relevant jobs in reverse chronological order.
– Include company name, position, dates, and key responsibilities.

5. **Skills:**
– Highlight both technical and soft skills.
– Tailor skills to the job you’re applying for.

6. **Achievements:**
– Showcase any notable accomplishments in your roles.

7. **Certifications:**
– Include relevant certifications.

8. **Languages:**
– Specify languages you are proficient in.

9. **References:**
– Available upon request.

The Cover Letter

1. **Contact Information:**
– Your Name
– Your Address
– City, State, ZIP Code
– Email Address
– Phone Number

2. **Date:**
– Include the date you’re sending the letter.

3. **Salutation:**
– Address the hiring manager by name if possible.

4. **Introduction:**
– Briefly mention the position you’re applying for and how you heard about it.

5. **Body Paragraphs:**
– Explain why you’re a good fit for the job.
– Highlight relevant skills and experiences.
– Mention achievements that align with the job requirements.

6. **Closing Paragraph:**
– Express enthusiasm for the position.
– Mention your desire for an interview.

7. **Closing:**
– Sincerely,
– Your Full Name

Sample CV done using format above

Shown below is a sample CV done using format above:


Remember to customize both the CV and cover letter for each job application, emphasizing the skills and experiences most relevant to the specific role. Good luck!

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