Help and Advice - Preparing Your CV
Think about your skills’ competencies, qualifications and experience. What are your unique selling points and strengths? If you are replying to a specific job advertisement, review what key words and tasks were used in the advert. Use these words in your CV if they apply to you.
Ensure that your CV is well structured and well laid out; this
gives the impression that you think logically and makes it easier
to review. A CV that is hard to read is often put aside and forgotten.
When writing the CV remember self-opinion is best avoided. Aim
to include factual information or objective evidence and remember
to focus on the benefits of your achievements.
Pay close attention to instructions in advertisements (e.g.: spelling of the contact’s name). Always check your spelling and grammar. Use white paper, not coloured, as it does not photocopy or fax well, and avoid fancy fonts. If you plan to e-mail your CV, you'll get a much better result with clean fonts and a simple layout.
The First Page
include achievements, not just regular tasks. If you can, quantify
them in sales, financial or production terms. Each
professional position that you've had must include at least
of accomplishment. For current and recent positions, you
may want to have several bulleted items under the job that list
your most significant experiences.
List your hobbies and interests in no more than three lines.
Any voluntary, charity or external posts you hold are worth including
(e.g.: school governor). Always include any languages, courses
or training you may have done, or any professional memberships.
It is recommended that two referees be given – including
the referees’ official titles, addresses and telephone
Your letter can be used to pick up points which modesty or space prevented you from including in the CV (i.e. to highlight your key strengths to a particular job). An introductory letter can save you from having to rewrite the CV each time you want to target your application to a specific advertisement or sector.
Nevertheless keep your CV up-to-date. Using an out of date CV gives a bad impression and may exclude you from consideration.