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CV Writing Tips

A well-presented CV is the most important factor in generating interest from a potential employer.

There are contrasting views on what makes a good CV, however there are key “Do’s” and “Don'ts” that are generally agreed upon.

Follow these steps and you on are your way to securing an interview.

Do:

  • Include all contact details (home address, telephone number, mobile and e-mail address)
  • Ensure your CV is displayed in a clear and concise format. We suggest font type Calibri size 11. This should span two to four pages, dependent upon experience.
  • Include a short personal statement at the top of the CV.
  • Use “reverse chronological” format to display your work history. It is vital the prospective employer can view your most recent role first.
  • Proof read the CV and use spell check.

Don’t:

  • Lie or embellish the truth. It is likely you will be found out at interview and this will not reflect well. Educational qualifications can be verified extremely swiftly and any mistruths will immediately rule you out of the application process.
  • Include long lists of courses attended and skills you haven’t used for a number of years.
  • Send the same CV for every role. Create a unique CV for each role that you apply for.
  • Keep the same CV forever! Update your CV at least once every six months. Even if it is to add small project or task completed. Employers are impressed by candidates who continually develop their skills and experience.

Remember to manage your online profiles:

When applying for a new role it is imperative you manage your online profiles.

Run a Google search with your full name removing any content deemed unfavourable or out-of-date.

Remove old versions of your CV from job boards. As you can imagine a large number of our clients utilise LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Prior to an interview they may examine your online profiles, gauging whether you are the correct cultural fit for their company.