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PREPARING YOUR CV

A CV is often the first opportunity for a potential employer to assess how you present yourself. A poorly written and presented CV, no matter how relevant the content, will probably create a negative impression.

Here are our Top CV Tips to help you make that all-important first impression a positive one.

Length - One page is too short, five is maximum - and 2 - 4 pages are optimum. Use a clear modern font such as Arial. The best CVs are visually appealing and easy to read.

Layout - start with a couple of short, factual paragraphs which highlight your skills and experience and any unique qualities you want to promote. When you focus on your skills, remember to describe what skills you have developed during your previous experiences rather than simply listing the tasks that you have completed.

Work History - put your experience in reverse chronological order (latest role first), articulating your own duties and accountabilities. Describe each employer briefly by outlining the industry or market. If you have an unusual job title, then please give a generic description of what you do.

Keep the information to the point - remember that future employers do not need as much detail about what you did 5 years ago, even less about what you did 10 years ago, a single sentence may suffice.

Achievements - describe the value you personally brought to your employment in the Work History as well as any key achievements and management responsibilities, numbers of staff, etc.

Education, Qualifications and Training - be explicit about degree subjects, grades and awarding institutions, and list all professional qualifications. Also include any additional training courses you have attended

Contact - don't forget to put down your full postal address, email address(es), land line and mobile telephone numbers.

Please try and avoid these common CV blunders:

  • grammatical, spelling errors and typographical mistakes
  • mixing different text colours and fonts
  • Do not include too many hobbies or interests
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