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Great Tips for Writing a New Zealand-style CV

      A curriculum vitae simply referred to as a CV, is a professional document used by job applicants to highlight their relevant skills and work experience. Employers across the world use this document when screening candidates. But there is one specific CV format that employers prefer- the New Zealand style CV. _________________________________________________________________________ You may have previously drafted this document, but the style, length, and content may significantly be different from the New Zealand type CV. For one, New Zealand employers prefer short, straight to the point, and easy to read CVs. With jobs in New Zealand hard to come by these days, especially after COVID-19, you’ll need a near-perfect resume to impress hiring employers. _________________________________________________________________________ The following article is a guide designed to help you write your CV following the New Zealand style, to increase your odds with hiring employers. _________________________________________________________________________ Keep it Short _________________________________________________________________________ The hallmark of a New Zealand style CV is centered around simplicity. In New Zealand, the average length of a CV is about two to three pages long, and rightly so. New research has shown that the average employer spends about 30 seconds reading a CV. So, don’t feel discouraged when submitting a page long CV.  _________________________________________________________________________ All you need is to show that you are competent for the job that you are applying for. To accomplish this, highlight your skills and experiences. Headline your CV with your name and other contact details, including your phone number and email address.  _________________________________________________________________________ Secondly, list your skills and experiences, starting with the most relevant on top. And finally, consider using specific keywords pertinent to the job application. _________________________________________________________________________ Highlight Your Work Experience and Skills _________________________________________________________________________ Skills and experiences are essential employment indicators that point out competency to the hiring manager. Just listing the skills down is not enough. You need to show how you have used these skills in a similar job function.  _________________________________________________________________________ If you are struggling to do so, consider online help from New Zealand style CV templates and online resume writing services. With so many resume writing services available today, it can be challenging to find a reputable one. Consider going through online reviews to give you a rough idea of what’s decent out there. As a great example of a professionally written review. the Find My Profession reviews is an excellent place to start from. In the reviews you may find all the necessary info about any particular company in the comments. _________________________________________________________________________ It would be best to list your work experience underneath a different section with the job title i.e., accounts payable assistant. Follow this through with a brief narration of the job position entailed, including the role you played. Remember to include essential details such as the location of the company, the timeframe of the job i.e., the official dates when you started and stopped working for the company. _________________________________________________________________________ Add a List of Referees and Contact Details _________________________________________________________________________ After listing your skills and job experiences, the last thing on your CV should be the references. Referees are past employers or trainers who hold you in high regard and don’t mind putting in the right word. _________________________________________________________________________   References show your potential employers that you indeed have work experience, and those listed will vouch for your work. Not naming any referee would look a little bit suspicious. Consider listing two to three referees in your CV. _________________________________________________________________________ List every referee on their own and remember to include their job role, company name, and contact details i.e., phone number and email address. If you have previously worked abroad, then include the right country code in the telephone number.  _________________________________________________________________________ Proof-Read Your Work _________________________________________________________________________ As Patrick Stanton, a recruiter and online essay writer told me: “Approximately 60% of recruiters listed ‘typos’ and other grammar errors as a sufficient reason for not accepting a candidate’s application.” Sadly, these errors appear in about 81% of all CVs. It would be best to proofread your CV to eliminate these costly errors, increasing your chances of landing that job in the process.  _________________________________________________________________________ Final Remarks _________________________________________________________________________ The New Zealand style CV is famous across the world and for a good reason. With unemployment on the rise courtesy of COVID-19, writing a CV has never been more critical. Research has shown that CVs that exceed two pages are nowadays regarded as long. Keeping your CV short and straight to the point is an excellent way of increasing your odds with hiring managers. Additionally, the tips above will help you create a fully optimized New Zealand CV that will land you that job.

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