CV Tips

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CV Tips

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These CV Tips are provided as a quick set of notes on best practice in the current CV and Jobs market place.

  • A CV, short in British language for Curriculum Vitae is a personal marketing and sales document for getting you an interview for a desired job. In American culture, it is the same as a Resume
  • A Curriculum Vitae is the reference used globally for an academic or medical version of a CV, which contains full details of training an research projects
  • A CV does not get you the job – its purpose is to get the recruiter or potential employer to pick up the telephone and talk to you, and then get you an interview
  • A CV should be a well-written concise document that is ideally no longer than two-pages
  • Keep your CV honest and factual never ever lie on your CV!
  • Sell yourself and be positive. Do mention things you are good at, but do not go over the top – you can oversell yourself
  • Include a personal profile of three to four lines that sums up your key experience, skills, achievements and motivations. Ensure that a little of your personality is also conveyed
  • Employers are interested in how you can solve their problems! Work experience should therefore focus on your achievements and accomplishments, and should highlight the benefits that your work has had for an organisation. These should be backed up by facts and figures if possibl
  • Make sure that the CV you write conjures up the right image of you and your skills, capabilities and achievements. If you do not match the picture you have painted with your CV at the interview, then your application will not be taken further
  • If you are not happy with your CV or you only seem to get rejection letters then please get a professional CV writing service to write it for you. Yes, you will have to pay for it, but it will save you a lot of time, lead to you getting less rejection letters and hopefully you should get a job that much quicker

Writing Style:

  • You should select a format of CV which is most suited to you and your background.
  • These days you can write your CV in the first person (i.e. I have) or the third person (i.e. he/she has). However, you do not need to use ‘I’, ‘he’ or ‘she’ in a CV because its use is implied.
  • A CV should be well presented and laid out, with lots of white space. Avoid complex formatting, shading, boxes and stylised fonts.
  • Avoid using long paragraphs and sentences
  • Information must be in reverse chronological order (most recent first)
  • No misspellings or grammatical errors
  • Be careful when you use abbreviations – they can be misunderstood.
  • If you are not happy with your CV or you only seem to get rejection letters then please get a professional CV writing service to write it for you. Yes, you will have to pay for it. But, it could save you a lot of time, lead to you getting less rejection letters and hopefully you should get an interview that much quicker

Avoid including unnecessary information such as:

  • Titles and headings – it should be obvious as to what document this is
  • Reason for leaving – this will be covered in the interview
  • Salary details – this can knock you out of contention before you have started
  • Photographs – unless it is applicable to the type of work you are involved in e.g. media or modelling
  • Weaknesses – never tell readers what you do not have or what you have not had the opportunity to do yet.
  • Jargon – ensure your Curriculum Vitae is reader friendly to as many people as possible.
  • References – you can state that they are available on request, but it is inappropriate and unprofessional to include them in your CV
  • Marital Status, Religion, Nationality, Children etc. – this has no bearing on your ability to do the job.
The Process:
  • Read the advert/brief from the introducer. If you can’t pass the basic test, don’t apply
  • Do your research on the company
  • Include your name, address and contact details
  • Always include a Cover Letter. Write to a specific person, on one piece of paper
  • Use a power opening sentence
  • Three/four paragraphs maximum, the last of which includes a “call to action”
  • Sign your letter
  • Read your whole job application through at least twice, and get at least two friends to read it through. If in doubt, read it again!
  • Send it in the post at least three days before closure date
  • Ensure you follow up

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