HOW TO SET OUT THE PERFECT CV – BY DAVID MOREL

A CV is quite possibly the most important 2 or 3 page document that you will write in your life and thus it has to be spot on. You will be amazed by the number of glaring spelling and grammatical errors that I come across when reading through a CV and the number of inconsistencies, both in punctuation and content.

I hope that the following guidelines will assist you in finding that perfect job.

  1. Keep your CV to 2 pages, unless you have an extensive work history and cannot physically fit everything in.
  2. Be concise – everything you say in your CV has to be there for a reason. If it is not relevant, don’t include it.
  3. Tailor-make your CV and personal profile for every job. Give a generic CV to recruitment agencies you are registered with.
  4. Set out your CV clearly and to a defined format.
  5. Don’t leave any gaps in your CV – inconsistencies with dates will be spotted quickly by a potential employer.
  6. Don’t fabricate anything e.g. Academic qualifications, length of time you worked for a previous company. These will show up when references are taken and your offer is likely to be retracted.
  7. Check for spelling and grammatical errors with a fine-tooth comb. You would be surprised how easily these are spotted.
  8. Use bullet points to list key responsibilities - these must be consistent though – e.g. if you use a punctuation mark after one of them, then use the same mark after all of them. Alternatively don’t use any punctuation marks at the end of your points.
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