The Dos and Don'ts of Writing a CV

April 11, 2024

When applying for a job, it’s imperative to showcase your professionalism, expertise, and enthusiasm. You can convey all of this on paper by submitting a well-crafted CV and, if applicable, a cover letter that highlights your qualifications and expresses your interest in the position. First impressions matter, so here are some “Dos” and “Don’ts” when it comes to writing a CV.

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Dos:

  1. Place your full name and contact information (address, phone number, and email address) at the top of the document. Potential employers appreciate being able to easily locate names and contact information when it’s time to move forward with scheduling interviews.
  1. There’s no shame in using a CV template. Free, carefully designed templates are available from trusted resources online, and these can make it easy to ensure that you include all the necessary information your potential employer will need to know when considering you for the job.
  1. Ask a trusted friend or family member to review your CV. There are only so many times you can proofread and polish a CV, and having a fresh set of eyes on the document can help you correct grammatical errors, unintentional omissions, and other potential issues that a potential employer may frown upon. It’s also worth noting that there are services online that involve you paying a fee to a professional resume reviewer who can take a close look at your CV and give you helpful feedback that can make all the difference in making you a top contender for the job.
  1. Submit your CV as soon as possible, but don’t compromise on the quality of its content. All of your application materials should be mailed together, or attached in one email (if you’re emailing your materials, by the way, be sure the subject line includes your name and the position for which you’re applying—your specificity will be appreciated by the person responsible for collecting applications). You never know how quickly a position needs to be filled—especially in the event industry—so the sooner you can send your CV, the better. This can even help demonstrate your productivity and efficiency, which are great qualities for the event industry.

Don’ts:

  1. When writing a CV, be sure to provide accurate information across the document. If you had—or have—a job that involves carrying out specific tasks, refrain from exaggerating or misrepresenting your responsibilities and achievements. Employers can easily verify the information you provide, and dishonesty can jeopardize your chances of being considered for the position.
  1. “Crowd” is a word that’s synonymous with the event industry, so keep in mind that your CV should stand out from the crowd. It won’t succeed in doing so, however, if you list irrelevant details and overly detailed descriptions regarding past roles and accomplishments. Don’t get overwhelmed by every task you carried out in previous positions or every award you won in college; instead, highlight industry-specific achievements and prioritize concise summaries that emphasize your knowledge of the exciting, challenging, and ever-changing event industry.
  1. Don’t give your employer a reason to disregard your CV, cover letter, and/or form application. Every detail matters. If you have an email address that an employer might consider strange or inappropriate, it should not be shared on your CV (examples: obsessedwithcreamcheese19@emailz.net or lazyandlovingit@myinbox.net). Make a new email address if necessary; using your full name or initials in a new email address will convey a serious and business-appropriate tone.
  1. Here’s another important “Don’t” for you: don’t provide work or school references on your CV if you’re concerned about your references’ timeliness in responding. If you perceive your current boss as rather busy and often overwhelmed, they might not be able to answer a phone call or respond to an email to vouch for your experience and work ethic. Should your potential employer struggle to reach one or more of the references you listed on your CV, they’ll likely move on to applicants whose references are readily available and responsive.

 

Crafting your CV can feel overwhelming, but the more confidence you have behind your

approach, the stronger the chances that you’ll get a response from the company you’d like to join. A CV is a fantastic way to convey what makes you a worthwhile candidate, and by following these “Dos” and “Don’ts,” you can make the strong and memorable impression you need to make on paper until it’s time to make a strong and memorable impression in person.

Remember, the event industry is as dynamic as it is vibrant, so if you have an impressive resume from top to bottom, your potential employer is bound to recognize that you’d be an asset to the company and, if that’s the case, you’ll proceed accordingly—from application to conversation!

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