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Top CV Writing Tips

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.


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