Creating a clear and concise Curriculum Vitae (CV) is an important step when applying for any permanent position. It will not get you a job, but a good CV will get you closer to the interview that will.
We have prepared the following advice to help ensure your CV is a professional document.
presentation and layout
- use one clear typeface, no smaller than 12pt and using both upper and lower cases
- print your CV on good quality white paper
- be succinct and factual when detailing information - your CV should be no longer than 2 A4 pages
- use sub headings and bullets to identify key information quickly
- ensure consistent spacing throughout
- avoid photographs, images, coloured paper or elaborate bindings
- start with personal details that can be checked - avoid work telephone number or e-mail address
- add a 50-word summary of your key strengths and qualities - come back to this once you have written the rest of your CV
- career history - start with current or most recent employment. Give details of your position, job title, time in current role, responsibilities, skills and notable achievements
- tailor your CV to highlight skills and experience that match the needs of the role
- list your qualifications, education and training concisely
- avoid abbreviations, company or technical jargon
- avoid gaps in your career history - account for this by describing activities when not employed
- do not include salary details - this could exclude your application at an early stage of the process. If it is requested, include it in your covering letter
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