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Write a perfect CV

Good news! There is there is no perfect CV. The bad news is it can go very wrong!

Your CV is your first introduction to a prospective employer. It's important that it speaks for you and does you justice. A good CV will improve your chances of getting invited to an interview; where you really can 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 relevant, or does it just look like gap-filler? Am I being clear and concise? If it doesn't make sense, and a recruiter finds it hard to read, it will be a major disadvantage. Have I written too much? It’s great you can write so much about yourself, but don’t overdo it, size isn't everything! Is my CV is up to date? It takes a few minutes to update a well written CV. Keep track of your dates, and references; the last thing you want is a CV that has fallen behind!

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