CV Tips & Hints

Your curriculum vitae is one of the most important factors when it comes to getting a new job. It is possibly your first and only change in securing an interview.

Did you know?

On average, it is estimated employers spend less than 20 seconds reading a CV

A prospective employer will make a snap decision within the first few moments of looking at your CV, and even the most experienced of candidates can find themselves rejected if their CV doesn’t come up to scratch. Your suitability for the position, your skills, experience and achievements, should hit the employer straightaway. Achieve this by customising your CV to each job.

Do’s

  • Make your CV clear and easy to read
  • Ensure you have each position detailed (e.g. using bullet points)
  • Always include accurate dates – Months’ and Years
  • Ensure that it is no longer than two pages
  • Sell yourself; highlight all of your strong skills and attributes
  • Be truthful

Dont’s

  • Don’t try to make jokes
  • Never speak ill of previous employers
  • Do not attach certificates or extra documents
  • Make sure there are no spelling errors – this will put employers off immediately

Basic Formats

Everybody has an opinion on how a CV should be laid out, just make sure everything is clearly marked. Here is a basic format:

  • Start off with your Name, address and contact details listed at the top of the page
  • Follow with a profile of yourself, include an outline of your skills, and career goals
  • Next, include your employment history – in reverse chronological order, including exact dates and a brief description of each position
  • Then list your education and qualifications
  • Finish off with your interests and hobbies/personal details and references

 

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