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GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL CV
We have seen thousands of CVs, both good and bad, and are pleased to offer you some advice to help you create a CV that will get you noticed with prospective employers.

First Impressions

It takes a professional about 30 seconds to scan a CV and form a first impression of you, so it is crucial that you take the time to perfect it so that they will want to read on in more detail.

The reader wants to know about you - your qualifications, experience and skills - and what you have to offer to the company. The objective is to catch their interest, make them want to know more, and thus get an invitation to interview.

Keep It Short

The interview is your opportunity to expand on your CV, so do not try to put every detail on paper! Be concise, keeping your CV to two or three pages at most. Any more than this will have the opposite effect and your reader will lose interest.

Tailor Your CV to the Job

Each role is different and each prospective employer will be looking to see if you match up to specific criteria for the job. Make it easy for them and tailor your CV to emphasise the qualities and experience that make you suitable for their vacancy.

CV Checklist

Make sure your CV includes:
  • Personal details - name, address, telephone numbers, email address, nationality, driving licence and access to vehicle.
  • Personal profile - this gives an insight into your character. Give a brief overview of your strengths, what you have achieved and aim to achieve, your responsibilities and how your contribution will benefit the prospective employer.
  • Education, qualifications and professional memberships - usually in reverse order with the most recent first.
  • Professional experience - in reverse order with job titles, job description, type of business, responsibilities and achievements.
  • Languages - both written and spoken, with level of fluency in each.
  • IT skills - particularly any specialist programmes or software.
  • Hobbies/interests - this adds to your character and is a chance to stand out from the crowd. Unusual hobbies can often be an interesting topic of conversation at interview.
CV Do's and Don'ts

Do's
  • Pay attention to presentation: your CV must look professional and create a positive first impression.
  • Likewise, make sure that your email address reflects well on you.
  • Make it easy for the reader to find and understand the essential information - contact details, qualifications, experience.
  • Be concise - titles and bullet points can help.
  • Check for spelling and grammar mistakes - if in doubt, ask someone!
  • Ask someone for an objective opinion to review and refine your CV.
  • If you choose to attach a photograph on your CV, make sure that it presents a professional image.
Don'ts
  • Never exaggerate, attempt to mislead or be dishonest. Facts can be checked, and you will not get the job when you are found out.
  • Don't leave unexplained gaps - it is better to explain any periods of unemployment, contract work, travelling etc. from the outset, rather than expect the reader to come back to you for an explanation.
  • Don't try to include every detail - if your CV is too long, it may put the reader off.
Does your CV...?

Before sending your application, ask yourself if your CV:
  • Creates a professional impression and portrays you at your best?
  • Gives clear, accurate information about yourself to someone who doesn't know you?
  • Opens the door for an interview?
  • Serves as an agenda during your interview?
  • Acts as an aide-memoir after your interview?
Good luck with your applications!




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