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How to write a great CV

A CV is one of the most important things that you can write about yourself, this document identifies who you are as a person, what you’ve done, where you are currently and where your career is progressing to…

An excellent CV can occasionally secure you a job, especially if it is constructed correctly and with the attention that it deserves! At the very least, a strong CV will ensure you promote yourself and your brand to your best advantage and help secure promising interviews.

There is no single way to construct a CV; it is YOUR document and can be structured and presented as you personally wish within the basic layout set out below. This is simply a basic guideline on how it can be done…

What information should my CV include?

  • Personal details. Most CV’s start with these but take care to avoid redundant details.
  • Education and qualifications. This must include the names of institutions and dates attended.
  • Work experience. The most widely accepted style of employment record is the chronological CV. Career history is presented in reverse date order starting with most recent.

 

Ensure to list the following:

  • Skills, these include computer skills and (genuine) foreign language skills and any other recent training/development that is relevant to the role applied for.
  • Hobbies and Interests. Keep this section short. The employer needs to know what activities you enjoy in a short summary no more than the bare minimum is needed, for example; climbing and hiking on the wilderness during vacations or reading my favorite book now and then to unwind.
  • This can be your personal preference if added to your CV or not. If not listed be sure to advise that references will be “available on request”.

General Advice

  • Your CV should be laser-printed in black ink using a plain font, on good quality A4 paper.
  • Your CV should ideally cover no more than three pages and never more than four pages.
  • A basic CV may need tailoring to each job application.
  • The completed CV needs to be checked carefully for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, to ensure that it makes sense. Be sure to ask a trustworthy source to review the whole document before it is sent out.
  • Remember when writing and structuring your CV that it is essentially marketing you and your brand and a potential employer will use these details provided to create a good first impression of yourself, it should make a positive impact in the mind of the employer!

Remember, your CV is representing you, so it is always a good idea to include a recent headshot of yourself.

We wish you the best of luck with your job hunt; don’t forget to constantly keep an eye out for our new job listings! As always we look forward to assisting you with your career endeavors!

 

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