Style: concise, succinct. Think report style not novel. Use Ariel Font 11 or 12.
Layout: Keep it clear and accessible bullet points are a great way to get your experience across
Research: Find out exactly what the employer you want to impress is looking for, then write a CV that exactly matches their requirements.
Typos: Proof-reading is an art. You need to read one word at time. Print out your CV, mark any mistakes, read each word slowly and separately out loud, then ask someone to do the same, then do it again.
Gaps in CVs: Health, or raising a family – prepare an explanation which does not have to be an apology or defensive.
Jargon: Unless you know the reader understands the jargon of your current or recent roles keep it simple and straight to the point.
Opening personal statements/profiles: including one at all increases a reader’s expectation that it’s going to mark your CV out from the next one.
Interests and hobbies: A list of sports teams you were in, countries you’ve visited, films you’ve seen, do not on their own, convey you are an interesting person whom everyone will love and bond with. Be specific and relevant.
Don’t be negative: Avoid any criticisms of past or present employers, or mention any difficult periods in your career history. Your CV needs to be very positive.
Don’t use a Photo: with your CV unless you are specifically asked to. It’s usually only relevant for work like modelling, promotions work or international.
Don’t rely on one CV: Expect to have a number of CVs that you change depending on the job you are applying for. Always tailor your CV.
Don’t use fancy layout: Avoid unusual fonts, columns, tables etc in your CV when writing it in a Word document. The formatting can so easily go awry when it is read by a recruiter.
Don’t be disheartened: If your CV is not being shortlisted. Talk to us, to check whether your CV is doing you justice and that it is a good match for the roles you have been applying for.
Covering letter: Always provide a covering letter or email to go with your CV, as it’s another chance to convince the employer of your suitability.
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