MY Helpful Hints

MY Helpful Hints

CV Writing

On average, employers spend just 8 seconds looking at any one CV.

Be sure that you keep things punchy and to the point. It is more important to include detail on your most recent positions and avoid great detail on what you did several years ago. Between two and four pages will suffice for most people.Firing off an old CV will look unprofessional, so make sure that yours is regularly updated to meet the requirements of any jobs you see advertised. We’ve all sent out the same CV to lots of employers to save time but it really is worth taking the time to change your CV for each role that you apply for. Research the company and use the job advert then tailor it to highlight the right aspects of your experience for them.

Keep it simple. Your choice of font and layout are key to making sure a would-be employer carries on reading your CV. Simple formats work best. Use bullet points and keep sentences short. Using the trick of leaving plenty of white space around text and between categories will make the layout easy on the eye. The best CV format is reverse chronological order (starting with your most recent position working backwards).

Make sure to include basic contact information (name, address, email address, contact phone number).

Include months as well as years for start and end dates for previous positions. Leaving gaps on your CV immediately makes employers suspicious. If you’ve been out of work it can be a worry but put a positive spin on it.

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