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CV pointers

Good news! There is there is no perfect CV. The bad news is it very easy to create a bad one!

Your CV is your first introduction to a prospective employer. It's important that it clearly speaks for you and shows you in the best light. A good CV will improve your chances of getting that initial phone call and then invited to an interview, where its then up to you to really make an impression.

Less can be more. Keep it concise, informative, and relevant. Always do a spell-check! Errors are one of the first things managers’ notice, causing them to question attention to detail before you even cross the door.

Make it easy reading. Consider that there will be multiple applicants for the role. The clearer your CV format is the better. Make it easy for the prospective employers to see your matching skills and experience. As a general rule, keep it to two or three pages long.

When reviewing the content of your CV, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.

Is this point relevant, or does it just look like gap-filler?

  • Am I being clear and concise?

  • If it doesn't make sense to you how will it look to a recruiter?

  • Have I written too much?

  • It’s great you can write so much about yourself, but don’t overdo it, size isn't everything, keep it punchy and on message.

  • Importantly keep it relevant to the role you are applying for.

Is your CV up to date? It only takes a few minutes to keep your CV up to date and well written. Keep track of your dates (does it correspond to your career history on LinkedIn) and references. The last thing you want is a CV that is not relevant and more importantly out of date


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