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How to write a great CV

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Everyone has an opinion about CVs – the more opinions you seek the more conflicting opinions you will receive.
If you are working on your CV, here are some key points to  remember:

  1. It is your marketing tool – use it as such.
  2. If you are not getting interviews, your CV is probably to blame.
  3. You should tailor your CV to the job you are applying for – no one has just one CV anymore.
  4. It should be no more than two pages long. Use it to say where you have been while your covering letter should say where you are going.
  5. Always reply promptly. Read the advertisement; read what you are being asked to send.
  6. Don’t keep adding your latest employment automatically – the CV you had for university or High School, should not be the same as your CV for a new role.
  7. Remember that quality is everything, there is nothing worse than a scrap of paper or poor photocopies of a CV.
  8. Check and double-check your spelling and grammar.
  9. Do not tell lies on your CV – you will be found out. If not at interview stage, at a later date when it could prove impossible to retract.
  10. Your covering letter should say why you are the best person for the role, talk about the role and how you match up, it shouldn’t be a walk through your CV. Talk about the skills and experience you can bring.

We work with clients on a one to one basis to help them create a CV and Covering Letter that will help them win the job of their dreams. You retain ownership of your CV; we guide you towards making it the best CV for the role you are applying for as our clients below will testify.   If you’d like us to help you, book a Careers Clinic appointment or an Employability Consultation.

I just wanted to write and thank you for the CV consultation.  I have now got a job as a Publishing Assistant… it must have been my strong CV which attracted them. Thank you so much for the advice you gave me, I feel it really did help me get this job.

Thank you so much for your consultation – your helpful discussion opened my eyes to new possibilities and insights regarding the industry, and your objective advice on my career path and CV continues to be invaluable.