3 Surprising CV Writing Tips to Help You Land The Dream Job 99

3 Surprising CV Writing Tips to Help You Land The Dream Job

Landing the dream job isn’t impossible.

And while a well-crafted CV isn’t the only step you need to take to get there, it’s a good start.

What’s more, it has the power to make or break your chances of success in your chosen field.

There are many things you can do wrong when writing your CV, so it’s worth being aware of the most common mistakes. Together with that, there are some hacks you can try and a whole new approach to use when creating it, so that you can grab attention and look like the ideal candidate in your employer’s eyes.

The following CV writing tips will help you out:

Decide what not to include.

Some people include anything possible in their CV, and it gets overwhelming to read it.

Your CV writing is the first form of communication your employer gets to experience with you. And how it’s written and what’s included are big factors.

It means that if you make it too long, it will have too many details that you should have left off. And your employer will understand that you like to go into details, but often most of it is just unnecessary and time-wasting.

To avoid that, make an outline before you start creating the content.

Now set a goal for your CV. Let it be something like, ‘I want to tie in who I am and what I can do, with what the company is looking for.’

Some elements you can’t go without are achievements, skills and work experience.

Make these short but sweet.

Include examples that describe the value you can bring to the company.

Make sure you skip adding anything negative. These are things such as what you haven’t achieved so far, what you decided not to pursue in the past, comparison to other candidates that puts you in an unfavorable position, etc.

Also remove odd or totally irrelevant jobs you had in the past.

For everything you add about yourself, ask if it’s necessary. Would you care about that if you were the one hiring?

Put yourself in your employer’s shoes.

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One of the biggest mistakes is to copy a CV template from the Internet and use it for every company you apply for, after changing a few names and sentences.

What’s wrong with that?

Well, for a start anyone reading it will know what you did. After all, you’re not the first one looking for easy ways out.

In their mind, you’ll be lazy and preferring shortcuts over hard work (which in this case means doing a thorough research and creating a unique CV tailored to every company and the people who run it).

Second, you’ll sound like the rest of the candidates. Which makes your CV boring.

And last but not least, you won’t be adding a personal touch.

If you do try to make your CV special though, you’ll need to sit down and go over anything the company did over the last decades, see every page on their site, what’s discussed about it on forums or social media, even read the biographies of the founders and CEOs.

Even if you don’t include exact facts when doing the CV writing, you will have gotten a feeling of what they are all about. Knowing their values, past successes and future aspirations (by checking out news about them in online magazines, for instance, or what they themselves have recently announced on their social media channels), you can now craft the ideal CV.

When reading it, the potential employer might have a light smile on their face. He now knows what you did, and if it’s genuinely written to show how you see yourself as being part of the team, he’ll like it.

To take things to the next level, you can use a professional CV writing service.

Stand out, but do it the smart way.

Almost any position and field is competitive today. Which means there will be tens or even hundreds of other CVs to be checked out on the same day, or even before yours.

The only way to get it right at this point is to show what makes you unique.

The world is full of eager careerists who just graduated, prepared their CV following each and every guideline experts have shared, included all their achievements and activities related to the dream job, and who probably applied to tens of companies at the same time.

They are your competition. And your CV is where you can make a difference and form a good first impression.

Yes, you’ll mention what you did over the past few years, both at college and in real life, that an employer might find relevant to the job. But what else?

For instance, what’s your biggest passion and what have you done to pursue it?

What unique vision have you always had, or how did the entrepreneur within you took control even though you were hanging out with average people?

Make it personal too. Not too much, though. What I mean is, make the reader relive the short story you include as an example, and even see in you one of those potential overnight successes everyone will be talking about years from now.

So that’s how you go about CV writing in a way different from the masses.

What other ideas do you have?


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How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice 6

clear voice review How I Made $375 with One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice

There are many sites for freelancers where anyone can build their portfolio, pitch clients and earn money. If you’ve been following my monthly income reports, you know that half of my income comes from sponsored posts on Let’s Reach Success while the other half is from freelance writing.

I’m mainly earning through Upwork which is a great website for newbies and a place where I managed to become a Top Rated freelancer.

However, they don’t pay much, there are a lot of freelancers from cheap countries there who’d charge just a few dollars per hour (or for a few thousand words). That means low-quality clients come there too and it’s hard for me to meet my hourly rate with businesses and individuals who don’t have a budget for content creation.

That made me look for better platforms and sites for freelance writers that pay more. I will be writing about all of them soon. While they aren’t for newbies, it never hurts to create your profile there when you’re starting out and slowly build your portfolio. Because one day you’ll get found on them and they will pay you hundreds of dollars for a single article.

My years of hard work paid off in a new way this month. I made $375 for a 2000-word article (that I enjoyed writing and which didn’t take more than 2 hours to complete). That happened on Clear Voice.

Let’s talk more about that site and how you too can get paid what you deserve.

Freelancing is the best way to get started online. That’s what I did and began without experience. Now, I’m earning over $4,000/month blogging and freelancing as you can see from my lastest income report. I wrote down all the steps I took to get there starting from $0 and created a blueprint: the free course How to Make Money Online Freelancing:

Check out How to Make Your First Money Online Freelancing. A free course I created using Teachable that will help you get your online business start and earn your first dollars from home by offering your services as a freelancer.

What is Clear Voice?

ClearVoice.com isn’t the traditional site for freelancers. It’s a great marketplace where you just create a profile, showcase your work (they have their own CV portfolio feature) and get found.

While you might not receive job opportunities when you haven’t been freelancing for long, it’s worth being there while improving your personal brand as a freelancer.

Of course, the best way for that to happen (which is how I did it too) is to have your own blog. Let’s Reach Success had hundreds of articles on it before I signed up for Clear Voice. So it served as my ultimate portfolio.

If you haven’t set up a site yet, I suggest doing it now.  Here’s how to start a blog that will make money forever (not just by helping you land freelance clients).

The best thing about Clear Voice is that it gives access to quality brands, companies and individuals. As you know, in the blogging world it’s all about networking. But with sites like Upwork, that’s hard.

Big brands are elsewhere and Clear Voice is one example.

How Clear Voice Works for Freelancers

Clear Voice is all about content marketing and can connect creators with agencies and brands. But for the purpose of this post and all of you who are freelance writers and want to get paid more for your services, we’ll talk about how it works for us.

Their goals are to help freelancers showcase their best work, find high-quality clients, get paid what they deserve, build their brand, receive payments quickly, and secure better jobs.

If you think about it, these are all the things we struggle with on other platforms, especially those that include bidding.

Okay, let’s see how Clear Voice works.

For a start, it’s absolutely free to sign up and create your portfolio as a freelancer so go do it now.

From then on, you’ll receive an email with a notification whenever you have a writing opportunity. If it sounds like something you’d do, click the link in your email and hit ‘Apply’ next to the job description.

clear voice email notifications

The rate you see is what you’ll earn after Clear Voice fees (which are around 25% and high but still you get paid much better than expected).

My Experience with Clear Voice Over The Years

Now, let me tell you how I received $375 from Clear Voice, because I myself didn’t believe it until the money arrived to my PayPal account.

clear voice payment

I’ve been registered with Clear Voice for a long time now. Because I’m making changes to my online business (focusing on more quality work and clients, charging more, eliminating old activities, etc.), I was also updating my profile on sites that had potential to get me freelance work.

It’s hard to put the effort when you haven’t landed a job with a certain platform, but I did it anyway.

I’ve been receiving email notifications from Clear Voice for job opportunities but never took them seriously (although I did apply to some).

After updating my profile and adding a ton of my best articles in my portfolio, I applied for one assignment on the topic of relationships. I could see who the client was, trusted Clear Voice for handling payments, and also thought it’s worth giving it a try to see if I can make my first money there.

There are instructions (not too long) with each assignment and you see when you’ve been hired for it. You can always contact support or message the client there, which is great.

Once he reviews it, or after the end date for the completion of the article is over, you receive your money.

Actually, while I was waiting for that client to react (he didn’t get back to me, by the way, but I still got paid as the Clear Voice system clears payments even if the client disappears), I applied for another assignment that seemed like a good fit for me. I wrote an article on how to start a business blog for one brand. It was for around $120 and was 800 words. They paid me immediately.

But the point of this post is to share the case about the other article. It’s not about the $375. It’s about believing freelance writers can make nearly $400 for one task thanks to their reputation in a niche for years.

It’s a common fact that freelancers underprice themselves. It took me years to find the courage to stop doing that and say ‘no’ to clients.

That resulted in doubling my blogging income, which I’ll write about more soon.

Once I got paid $375 for one article for a freelance client, I finally felt appreciated. For years I’ve been struggling with clients reluctant to pay more than $30 for a short article or an hour of my time. And to this day I accept lower rates just because the income of a freelancer is unstable.

This gig, however, helps me rethink it all. Just like when I made $250 from one sponsored post, I stopped accepting anything less than $50 and often ask for up to $100. That means rejecting many opportunities that could make me a few hundred dollars more each month. But thanks to these higher prices I get more serious clients and also increase my income.

PS, Clear Voice did a survey on what people pay or charge per project. You can check it out here.

What It Takes to Get High-Quality Freelance Clients on Clear Voice

Sign up now.

Fill in your profile and portfolio. Here’s how mine looks like.

clear voice portfolio lidiya k

Check out emails from Clear Voice. (It’s okay if the first one arrives weeks after signing up.)

Create your blog and start writing content like crazy in the niches you cover.

Next Level Tips for Succeeding on Clear Voice

Keep updating your portfolio.

Don’t apply for an assignment simply because of the money. It’s not fair.

Feel free to contact support and see how you can get found by clients sooner.

Here are some resources to help you with making it as a freelance writer on Clear Voice:

Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer Want to use freelancing as a way to ditch the 9 to 5 and be location independent? Great. That’s what I did. Check out this article to see the steps I took to build a new mindset, start making money online, leave my country and design the life I want.

How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to building your personal brand as a freelancer.

Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a freelance writer.

My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how I make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – The income from freelancing is unstable so it’s worth diversifying it. One of the best ways to earn more is through affiliate marketing (it can happen by placing links on your blog, through Pinterest, your newsletter, or else). This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).

Pin this post to inspire others to create profiles on more sites for freelancers like Clear Voice.

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