When you apply for a new job, your CV is an employer's first impression of you, so it needs to make a real impact. Busy recruiters have little time to read CVs for vacant positions so yours needs to stand out from the crowd.
A good CV demonstrates your potential to do the job, it needs to clearly give details of your education, training, qualifications and work experience. Good presentation is the most important factor with your CV, it needs to be well thought out, well laid out and easy to read.
Every word must contribute to the overall message, so keep it brief and make sure that the contents are relevant to the job you are looking for now and not your last job. Include just enough information to stimulate interest, but not so much that you bore the reader.
- Keep it short - a good CV will be no longer than two pages
- Keep it relevant - tailor your CV to each job you apply for
- Ensure your CV is well structured
- Write a professional personal statement
- List your key achievements
- Be honest and accurate - remember this information is likely to form the basis of your interview
- Don’t forget your covering letter
- Keep your current CV, always check your contact details are correct
- Always save your CV on a USB or in the cloud for future use
The purpose of your CV is to get you an interview not to tell them so much that there is no need for one! Lastly, make sure CV is concise, interesting and enticing - make our Consultant’s want to find out more about you!
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