Putting together your CV is the most important first step of your job search.
Restrict the volume of information to be contained within two pages – three at a stretch
When you are writing your CV, you should constantly be questioning whether the content you have included is relevant to the job you are applying to – tailor your CV.
Get someone to proofread your completed CV for you. Accept constructive feedback and amend any errors you may have made.
Remember that your CV will provide the first impression of you to any employer, so it is of utmost importance to take time and make it as clean and professional as possible
Pay attention. Ensure that there are no inconsistencies in your CV. If you have had a gap in employment state why (i.e. travelling, redundancy, seeking employment, training, career break, sabbatical etc).
Make sure your CV is clear and easy to read.
Use the same font throughout, ensuring it is clear and easy for an employer to read.
Use bullet points to convey information to deliver a clear and focused document.
Avoid rambling sentences, excessive jargon, irrelevant information, poor grammar and spelling, outrageous colours, and unnecessary graphics.
To make an impact, your CV will need to communicate the following information:
Personal Details - your name, full address, email, mobile, work (if appropriate) and home telephone numbers
Personal Profile – a few short sentences to provide the employer with a snapshot of you and what you are looking to do career wise next – tailor to the role you are applying for
Skills - include all relevant skills (both technical and soft skills) which apply to the job you are applying for. Refer to the adverts or job descriptions you are applying for to make it relevant.
Experience - start with your current / most recent employment, working back in chronological order. Provide dates (mm/yyyy) you have worked, companies you have worked for and titles of the positions you held. By bullet pointing your duties and main responsibilities within each role, the employer can quickly and clearly ascertain your suitability for a role. Where appropriate include relevant key achievements in a sub heading.
Education & Training – Start with any relevant professional qualifications you may have. Follow this with higher education, including establishment, the qualification you achieved and the grading. Follow this with secondary education, subjects, level and associated grades. Subsequently list any further training and qualifications relevant which support your suitability to the role you are applying for.
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