It's always good to remember that your CV and the way you
introduce yourself to any party is vitally important. It's often
difficult to change an impression made by a poorly written CV and
cover letter. Conversely used well, this can significantly enhance
your chances of success and achieving your career goals.
- Your CV should be above all relevant and to the point - try to
avoid information that doesn't address the position you're applying
- A common misconception with CVs is the length. Whilst your CV
should not be too long, trying and wordy, to keep your CV to two
pages can equally risk leaving out relevant and valuable career
skills and experience.
- Make sure paragraphs are short and avoid large text
- Make sure your CV is grammatically sound and spell
- Avoid making it difficult for the reader, keep the font simple
and avoid elaborate pictures or graphics.
CVs should always include your contact details, a brief outline
of your main skills and attributes, your career history (working
backwards), your education and any professional memberships you
hold. Also include any soft skills to enhance your application,
such as hobbies, or charitable works, and professional
Remember your CV should be a punchy, self-aware sales tool that
quickly informs the reader about you personally, your motivations,
skills and aspirations, and of course what you have achieved and
are looking to achieve moving forwards in your career.
Cover Letter tips
It's often wise to introduce your CV with a cover letter
(introduction if on-line) that illustrates the strengths and
reasoning for your application. This offers you an opportunity to
make your application more personalised.
Cover letters should be to the point, concise, and of course
grammatically sound and spell checked. Additional information can
be drawn in as well, such as salary requirements, notice, and
potential locations you would prefer to work in.
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