Best practices for writing a CV

If you are applying for a new job, having an effective CV gives you a better chance of a job interview, so make sure that you tell a prospective employer why you are right for the job and showcase your skills and experience.

Although there is no right or wrong way to write a CV, certain information should be present. This includes: personal and contact information; education and qualifications; work history and/or experience; relevant skills to the job in question; and a mention of some of your interests and achievements or hobbies.

Before starting to create your CV, you need to make sure that you understand the job description taking into account all the details. You can take notes, highlighting everything you can and can’t do for the role.

Tailor your CV to the position you are applying for, there is no such thing as a generic CV. Make sure you mention key skills that can help you to stand out from the rest of the applications. Under interests, describe any examples of positions of responsibility, working in a team or things that show you use your own initiative. Make yourself sound really interesting.

Remember to be honest and factual and stick to a maximum of two pages of A4 paper.

Each area of your CV should be easy to read and the key points need to stand out. Make sure you proof read it and find any potential spelling and grammar errors, if in doubt, ask someone else to double-check it for you.

Remember to keep your CV up to date and add any new skills or experience that you have gained. 

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