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CV Advice

Your CV is the most important document you produce when you are searching for a new position. Your CV is the first opportunity you have to impress a potential employer so with it lies your hopes and dreams for the future - that next step up the career ladder, a better position, more money, new challenges, etc.

Therefore your CV has to represent you to the best of your ability. Just as you wouldn't turn up to a formal interview in Jeans and a T - Shirt, you shouldn't underestimate the impression a good CV can make on a potential employer.

These days employers often receive a lot of CVs for each position so your CV has to be just that little bit special to stand out and make sure that you get that all important foot in the door resulting in an interview.

Please find below some useful tips and hints that should hopefully help you to make your CV stand out from the crowd:
  • Important information you should make sure is always on your CV is contact details, including email address and mobile number
  • Ensure all your educational qualifications and relevant training courses you have attended are clearly written on your CV with dates, which University or College and all grades achieved. A useful tool for graduates is to outline what they studied as part of their degree course
  • List all useful skills including any foreign languages spoken, if you have a full driving licence, any industry IT programs you are familiar with etc
  • Starting with your most recent employer list your work history. With each employer you should clearly state the name of the company and what industry they are in, your job title, dates you worked for them and then explain what your duties and achievements were for each employer
  • Try to avoid leaving any career gaps in your CV. If you decided to go travelling explain this in your CV as if you leave it blank it raises unanswered questions leaving the potential interviewer to jump to conclusions. These days employers don't see taking a career break to travel as a negative and often it is something of a talking point at interview stage
  • Make sure you list any achievements in either your career or personal life you are particularly proud of
  • One of the biggest mistakes people make is not checking their CV for errors before submitting it to potential employers. Check the spelling, grammar and that any contact details are correct
  • The length of your CV will depend on how long your career has been to date, but to give you an idea one page is too short and ideally it should be no longer than three pages
  • Make sure that the CV you write conjures up the right image of you and your skills, capabilities and achievements. If you do not sell yourself in your CV, then your application might not make it to that all important interview stage

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