I have reviewed more CV’s than I care to count and in doing so have learned one thing. Get the basics right.
Too many times a CV is left wanting by not containing the simplest information an employer is looking for.
Ask yourself some simple questions:
- If you gave your CV to a stranger would they have a clear idea of what you want and what you can offer in just 20 seconds?
- Does your CV clearly state your skills and desires?
- Are you proud of your CV?
If the answer is no to any of these, you need a new one.
The need for a clear and easy to read CV cannot be underestimated. With a few expectations, your creative flair on a computer to produce an elaborate CV will go un-noticed and in some cases have a negative effect so keep it simple.
- Make sure your contact details are correct
- Use a clear font
- Simple formatting with bold text to highlight key areas
- Have a summary CV of just 1 page for each job you apply for.
- Use black print on white paper
- Make it interesting
- Keep it relevant to the job you are applying for
Remember you CV is your advert, each word needs to justify its place and each sentence needs to inform the reader of what you can do and what you want.
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