How to write a CV employers will actually want to read

What’s your current strategy for a job application? Spamming job seeking websites with the same CV over and over again? You’re not alone. The scary truth is though, research has proven that this is a totally unproductive and ineffective way to find a job.

Not only that, employers have actually been known to blacklist candidates from future job opportunities if they send an irrelevant or ‘spammy’ type application. So step away from the apply button and let's take a look at what really works.

Be qualified

This should be obvious but only apply for jobs you know you can actually do.

Upskilling is the easiest and fastest way to get into a role you lack experience for.

Trade Me Jobs has created a dedicated attribute to highlight skills-based roles where no formal qualification is required. You can find these roles by selecting the ‘No qualifications’ search filter or via our dedicated site.

Be concise

Only include the work experience, skills and qualifications relevant to the listing you’re applying for. If Elon Musk can fit his CV on one page, then so can you.

Use keywords

The words you use to describe yourself should be the ones that the employer has asked for in the job description. Often a computer will filter every application before a real person even reads it. Just be careful not to ‘keyword stuff’ as it becomes very obvious once a real person is reading it.

Eliminate mistakes

Don’t have any typos. Ever. Employers can be incredibly unforgiving when it comes to spelling and grammar mistakes. Run your CV through an online spell checker if you’re unsure right before you press send.


Customise your application by adding a headline with the company name and job title as well as references to the company throughout when appropriate. This shows that you’ve gone to the effort to tailor your application specifically to their job listing as well as doing some research into why you’re best suited for their company.

This article has been provided by our friends at Joy Business Academy.