CV Basics: Having the right attitude when writing a CV! - CV Plaza

CV Basics: Having the right attitude when writing a CV!

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

It is amazing to discover what you can achieve with your CV once you possess the right attitude. It is only when you decide for yourself that you are…

  • Unstoppable
  • Hard-working
  • Focused
  • Talented
  • Skilled
  • Experienced
  • The right person for the job

…only then are you a stone’s throw away from getting your dream job.

Your attitude should shine through your CV; it should portray you in a positive and confident light, not in a state of shyness and humbleness but also not the other extreme of coming across as selfish and arrogant.

There is a delicate balance between shyness, arrogance and being confident in your true potential:

Shyness

Many people feel uncomfortable about praising themselves on their CVs. Although it is natural that you do not want to come across as big-headed, it is vital that you start getting used to the idea of putting yourself in a positive light. Do not be shy to talk about yourself in a positive way on your CV; you’re selling yourself, remember.

Arrogance

These are candidates who are so full of themselves that, out of disgust, employers have to cover their eyes from reading any further.

Do not say things which you cannot back up, do not put people down or pretend to be so good that the employer has to chase you and beg for you to give you a job. Be respectable. Do not make boastful or arrogant jokes or remarks on your CV… Coming across as arrogant will undoubtedly land your CV in the rejection pile.

Your true potential

The impression that you want to give is that you’re confident, bright, positive, hard-working and always aiming for the top. If this is the impression that the reader gets from your CV, your chance at getting an interview is virtually guaranteed.