Top 10 CV Tips
- Keep it brief- 1, or 2 pages if you must. Bullet points and columns help to save space on a CV.
- Highlight all the good stuff at the top- employers will be looking at tens if not hundreds of CVs, you need to catch their eye right away.
- Read the job description, find the keywords and match your skills by highlighting in bold or changing word/phrases to mirror the employer’s wording.
- Be as precise as possible with employment dates
- Get the fundamentals right! List work experience in reverse chronological order. Ensure your basic contact details are on there.
- Don’t be afraid to reference an online professional profile like LinkedIn.
- Be really positive about your skills, experiences and achievements- it’s a sales pitch of you!
- Remember, it is a formal document- use a professional yet easy font type like Arial or Calibri.
- Don’t be afraid to leave things out (old qualifications/ old Saturday jobs)- if it’s not relevant, it’s not interesting
- Get someone else to check your CV for spellings, grammar and just to make sure it reads well!
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