CV ADVICE PART 1
Writing a CV can be the most rewarding action you take when trying to obtain a new job. Write a good concise CV and you are more than half way to getting the job. Write one with lack of care and you will not even get an interview let alone a job. Although we are more than happy to write you a CV, clients regularly request a candidate’s own CV, so here are a few rules that should help you produce or check your own. CV Advice Part 1:
1. CONCENTRATE ON THE ESSENTIALS
- A CV must be brief: in most cases one to two pages are sufficient. In any event, do not exceed three pages
- If your work experience is limited, describe your education and training first; highlight work placements during training.
2. BE CLEAR AND CONCISE
- Use short sentences.
- Concentrate on the relevant aspects of your training and work experience.
- Explain any breaks in your studies or career.
3. ADAPT YOUR CV TO SUIT EACH JOB
- Before sending your CV to an employer, check that it corresponds to the profile required.
- Do not include work experience or training which is not relevant to the application.
- Highlight your advantages according to the specific needs of the prospective employer.
- Beware: do not artificially inflate your CV; if you do, you are likely to be found out at interviews.
4. TAKE CARE OVER THE PRESENTATION OF YOUR CV
- Set out your skills and competencies clearly and logically, so that your advantages stand out.
- Pay attention to details such as spelling and punctuation.
- NB: Print your CV on white paper. We suggest Arial 10 or 11 pt as the font.
5. CHECK YOUR CV ONCE YOU HAVE FILLED IT IN
- Remove any spelling mistakes, and ensure it is laid out clearly and logically.
- Have someone else re-read your CV so that you are sure the content is clear and easy to understand.