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CV Advice

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, that's why it's imperative that your CV represents you accurately. 

We have compiled a few easy steps to help you along the way. 

Content

You have to make it clear to the employer that you have the necessary knowledge and experience required to do the job. Many CVs do little more than provide a stark list of company names and job titles; but all companies are results orientated - so you must show what you've achieved within a role and sell yourself to an employer, show them how you would make a difference to their company by explaining how you added value to your current company or how you made a difference in the past.

Career History

List all of your jobs chronologically, with the most recent first. For each, give your job title, the name of the company and the dates of which you where employed. You must also include a description of the role, any key responsibilities and highlight any achievements. Keep job descriptions briefer for previous jobs, employers are more interested in what you have been doing recently so unless previous jobs are more significant to the post you are applying for or was for a far longer period of time, keep the details brief and to the point.

Education & Qualifications

When it comes to qualifications and professional training take the same approach as with your employment history. Start with the most recent e.g. product training courses and work your way backwards.

Key Guidelines

Research shows that, on average managers spend less than two minutes examining each CV. This is why it's important to make your CV as visually impressive as possible. By this, we do not mean use different colours, type faces and fancy fonts. What we mean is to make your CV more welcoming by being clear, concise and to the point. 

Try to stick to the below guidelines or click on the word document to see an example CV.

  • Try to keep your CV to two pages

  • Use subheadings (Education & Qualifications etc) it helps an employer jump straight to the information they want rather than having to read through the whole CV.

  • Use active words like created, devised, enjoyed, relished, helped, negotiated, and motivated. Words like these have a positive impact.

  • Take great care when checking for spelling mistakes and grammar. The slightest mistake can make an employer question your attention to detail.

  • Avoid jargon or abbreviations - an employer may be unaware of what they stand for.

Download a sample CV by clicking on the icon below 

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