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:
- It is your marketing tool – use it as such.
- If you are not getting interviews, your CV is probably to blame.
- You should tailor your CV to the job you are applying for – no one has just one CV anymore.
- 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.
- Always reply promptly. Read the advertisement; read what you are being asked to send.
- 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.
- Remember that quality is everything, there is nothing worse than a scrap of paper or poor photocopies of a CV.
- Check and double-check your spelling and grammar.
- 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.
- 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.
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