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Writing a good CV

Your curriculum vitae (CV) should contain the information required by a prospective employer and no more! It is not your autobiography.

Employers will make quick decisions, based on the appearance and contents of your CV as to whether they wish to interview you.  Try not to be ‘unique’ as most employers are looking for a standard, concise, clear record of your skills and experience.

Format

As a guide your CV should follow the following format:-

Name (bold type)

Personal details including address and telephone number, marital status, nationality

Qualifications

Career history (in reverse order, most recent position first)

Leisure interests

Referees

Points to consider

  1. Ensure all dates link up, do not leave gaps. If you were not working for a period, or travelling, include dates and details on your CV.
  2. Make employer's name stand out by typing in bold. Employers can often offer an interview to people who work for companies known to them.
  3. Also include job title in bold.
  4. Write a few lines about the job specification and responsibilities. If applicable, indicate how you were promoted from one position to the next. Include one or two achievements for each position held.
  5. Leisure interests, should be kept short and honest!
  6. Referees listed on CV should only be those that you have asked prior permission to speak on your behalf.
  7. Check your basics such as spelling (don’t completely trust your computer’s spell check function), spacing and consistency of format.
  8. Try and keep your CV to two pages, any more and prospective employers will lose interest before the end!
  9. If posting your CV, type on good quality paper that matches the covering letter.

If you require any further advise in writing your CV our consultants are happy to help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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