Essentials of CV writing



Writing a CV seems like the simplest tasks of all time but not everyone knows that to create your CV you need to invest a lot of time. We live in a world where we are picked up
for an interview by the peculiarity and the seemingness of our CV’s. After all, your CV is the potential employer’s first impression of you. The Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a profile of
an individual’s educational and professional history that highlights their skills. That should be the ultimate motive.

1. Be Concise

The difference between a CV and resume which most people don’t understand is that the length of a CV is longer than that of a resume. There’s a lot of information that a CV should provide the employer. Hence, it’s important to manage the language and fill in information in short terms and sentences. The sentences and descriptions should be a good enough explanation in the most concise form. It’s always recommendable to edit your CV for most applications so as to highlight relevant experience.

2. Select the correct format

CV’s are attractive and give a sense of an individual’s personality just by the way things are compartmentalised. The organising skills of an individual reflect through when you use the right kind of format for your CV. Recruiters don’t spend a lot of time on CV’s so it’s always a challenge to make it easier for them to receive all the information you shared on your CV. Grammatical and spelling errors are a put off for recruiters or any employer, it comes across as a sign of carelessness. Hence, it’s best to always proof read your CV before submission.

3. Highlight your achievements

Achievements don’t have to be an achievement at a large scale, they can be at any level from the collegiate level to experience level. The idea behind highlighting your potential of translating and transferring experience to various other sections of the services. Achievements also include the skills you possess that can be supported with certification or claim of general literacy on computers and much more.

4. Support it with a cover letter

The cover letter plays the role of the spine. It is an attempt at making an interpersonal relationship with the employer while serving as an additional effort to convince the employer to hire you as an asset to the company.

All in all; CV writing is not easy but it’s definitely important. Final takeaways that we can give you are:

– Be clear
– Focus on your message to the employer
– Read your CV again and again
– Keep it simple and straightforward
– Keep the format of your CV consistent

Follow these basics and you are sure to find an amazing job. We wish you all the best and for any more queries, you can always consult our friendly team at Mercury Institute of Victoria.

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Quick guide to improve your English







We do understand that most students face difficulty while speaking in English. Hence, we thought of helping you with some basic steps and ideas to improve your English. Follow these steps on a daily basis and your confidence level will rise to a level that no one could ever imagine. The fun part is that these activities are out of your study area but will improve your English overall.

Step No 1:  Don’t learn words, learn sentences

It’s unfortunate that most people try to learn words by heart to improve their vocabulary but little do they have an idea of how to use them in a sentence. That’s where the problem starts. Memorisation of words is one of the most common ways but it’s always best for a short term. Understanding statements and using those words in a sentence sounds more professional.

The best part is that you don’t have to worry about being grammatically incorrect and learning sentences helps you learn different ways of using a word in any sentence.

Let’s look at an example: to admire = to respect the value of something or someone

  • I admire my boss for his time management skills.
  • He shows admiration towards his boss for his time management skills.


Step No 2: Watch TV shows 


How interesting, right?  English shows are one of the best ways to understand, listen and learn. You can always pause, rewind and hear it all again. From pronunciations, expressions to exploring new words, watching these shows are beneficial in every way to improve your English.

We found out an interesting list for you to bookmark and get started with watching some shows.


Step No 3: Read the news



Today, we all have access to the news on our Tabs, Computers and Phones. It doesn’t seem difficult to read at least one article per day while travelling or before going to bed. You can always spend a little extra time to improve your English. You can always long on to various news sites like ABC, The Age or SMH.


Step No. 4: Try to have conversations


The best way to improve your English is to talk to people and accept reviews. Debate and discuss amongst each other. The more reviews you get, the better will your English be. Don’t be scared to make mistakes. There’s a saying which goes like, “You always learn from your mistakes”. Go ahead, make a conversation. Keep your talking speed to a minimal and think before you speak. Like mentioned earlier, try to get the grammar right and don’t try to translate directly from your language. If you are shy and don’t want to talk upfront, you can always join chat rooms, forums and communities.


Step 5: Don’t give up!

Life is learning experience, stay positive and don’t give up on improving your English. Improvement will take place slowly and you have to keep following these steps and working hard. The day you make these tips a habit, you will excel in the language. If you have any queries, our team at Mercury Institute Of Victoria is always ready to help. 🙂

Good Luck!


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