Writing a CV
10 things to remember when writing a CV
At the CV stage of the recruitment process you cannot secure a role but you can definitely lose one. Follow our 10 tips to make sure that your CV ends up in the yes pile:
- Brevity is king; keep it to no more than two pages. This can be achieved by avoiding unnecessary detail such as age, religion, and sex.
- Don’t write in the first person – start your sentences with verbs.
- List your career history in reverse chronological order explaining any gaps in your employment history.
- Bullet point your achievements and responsibilities and go into greater detail about the more recent and relevant roles.
- List educational institutions and achievements in reverse chronological order.
- Have a personal profile detailing your specific skills and abilities and the benefits you’ve brought to your previous and current employers as a result. Avoid clichés such as having a “bubbly personality” or being “a good team player who is able to work on his own initiative”. These overused clichés will make you look very unoriginal.
- Include computer skills, language skills and any relevant training underneath your personal profile.
- Keep your hobbies and interests section short but do include details of any charitable work.
- Referees can be provided on request but having gone to the trouble of taking employment references will save a new employer the trouble and may make your application more attractive.
- Always ask a friend, (preferably one with excellent attention to detail and English skills) to read your CV for typing and grammatical errors.
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