A CV is a marketing document and should provide an employer with a brief outline of your skills and relevant work experience. Here are a few tips:
- Keep your CV to no more than 2 sides of A4.
- Provide clear, concise and relevant information.
- Punchy introductory profiles Ã¢â‚¬â€œ who you are, your experience and what you are looking for next.
- List your career history giving the name of each employer with dates, your job title, and a brief description of your duties.
- Summarise your educational/professional qualifications and skills.
- Detail any relevant voluntary experience.
- Include interests Ã¢â‚¬â€œ they may make you stand out.
Recruiters will use your CV to decide whether or not to offer you an interview, so it is a vital document to get right, however try to avoid:
- Skills based CVs.
- Too much prose, try to use bullet points instead. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Writing in the third person.
- Photos Ã¢â‚¬â€œ no, no, no!
- Listing your experience in chronological order Ã¢â‚¬â€œ your most recent work experience is what employers want to see and so should be on the front page.
- Excluding facts and figures about income generation.
Profile of a CV:
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