CV-writing-hints-and-tips 07/05/2015

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CV writing hints and tips

Employers receive an average of 60 applicants for every advertisement for a low-skilled job, and 20 for every skilled job.  It is therefore essential that your CV is in tip top shape to ensure that you stand out from the crowd.

Making sure that your spelling, punctuation and grammar is correct are only the basics of ensuring that you are the first choice for a prospective employer.

Here are some handy dos and don’ts for creating a stand-out CV:

Do Keep it concise with no more than two sides
Don’t However tempting, don’t make your CV too long – your CV needs to reflect all of your selling points, nothing else
Do Steer clear of unnecessary information such as gender, age and religion
Don’t Include a photograph of yourself on your CV unless necessary – the vast majority of professional jobs go to the person with the best looking CV, not the photograph
Do Begin sentences with verbs, rather than writing in the first person
Don’t Use clichés. Everyone likes to say they’re a team player with great communication skills who can work under pressure. Instead, use your experience to demonstrate how you can do those things
Do Outline your career history, starting with the most recent first, clarifying any gaps
Don’t Lie or embellish the truth on your CV – things are easily checked and a small untruth could blow your chance of success
Do Bullet point your achievements and responsibilities, providing more information for your more recent roles
Don’t Lists every process or package you’ve ever worked with, trained on, heard of or read on the job specification
Do List your education and qualifications, starting with the most recent first
Don’t Use tables and graphics such as ClipArt – they can look untidy and unsightly
Do Include your IT skills, relevant training and spoken languages
Don’t Use inappropriate e-mail addresses or Twitter names that look unprofessional
Do Ensure any outlined hobbies and interests are brief
Don’t Be tempted to shrink the font or reduce the margins to get more information in
Do State that ‘Referees can be provided on request’
Don’t Include pages of obscure testimonials, references and newspaper cuttings
Do Check it for errors and ask someone else to check it also
Don’t Submit it using your persona e-mail address


Remember: CVs and are different in name only.  They describe the same thing: a document that chronicles personal details, career history and achievements.

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