I cannot stress enough the importance of the perfect CV. It is your first (and sometimes last) chance to impress a potential employer.
It’s a competitive market out there and you want to stand out for the right reasons.
- Keep your CV to two pages if possible
- Be concise, don’t waffle
- Choose a font and then stick with it
- Photos are great in albums or frames, not on CVs
- Check for spelling and grammatical errors, and then check again. Then ask friends and family to check too
- Include your name, address, telephone number and email address
- Personal profile/statement – your chance to sell yourself. Keep in short and snappy
- Use bullet points to list your duties and responsibilities
- Start with your current or most recent position and work backwards
- Explain any career gaps
- List professional and academic qualifications, degrees and executive programmes
- Include skills such as languages, technology or vocational training
- Keep your CV up to date even when you are not looking