Top Curriculum Vitae Tips...
- A CV should be a well-written, concise document that is no longer than two pages. Three pages are acceptable for more technical CVs or those with very long careers.
- A CV should be well-presented and should make use of lots of white space. Avoid using any effects such as complicated fonts, shading or other complex formatting. Keep it simple.
- Keep your CV neat and easy to read by using short paragraphs and sentences.
- Your CV needs to be honest and factual. Do not stretch the truth.
- Your CV is a marketing tool, so sell yourself and be positive throughout.
- Focus on your achievements and quantify wherever possible. Keep achievements as relevant to your target position as possible.
- Present the most recent information first.
- Double and triple check your CV for misspellings or grammatical errors. Get someone else to review your document as often people overlook their own mistakes.
- Avoid repetition as it reduces the impact of your CV.
Avoid including unnecessary information such as:
- Titles and headings such as �Curriculum Vitae� or �Resume� as it should be obvious what the document is.
- Reason for leaving - this is something that will be covered at interview.
- Salary details - providing your salary level can take you out of contention before you have begun.
- Photographs - unless it is applicable to the type of work you are involved in e.g. modelling.
- Do not introduce any negativity or weaknesses - never tell readers what you have not got or what you have not had the opportunity to do yet.
- Jargon and Acronyms - ensure that your CV appeals to as many people as possible.
- References - you can state that they are available on request, but it is considered by most to be inappropriate and unprofessional to include. These will be taken up at offer stage
- Personal Details such as Marital Status, Religion, Nationality, Children etc. - this has no bearing on your ability to do the job.
You only get one chance to make a first impression.