- Use a CV template; they are widely available for free online and will ensure that your CV looks professional and you have a clear structure to follow.
It’s widely acknowledged that a CV should ideally be no longer than 2 sides of A4. Ways of helping to achieve this are:
- Maximise space by widening margins.
- Keep contact details to a minimum. Email address and telephone number will be enough.
- K.I.S.S (Keep It Short & Simple). Avoid lengthy paragraphs and opt for bullet points.
- Remove any information that is not relevant to the role you are applying for.
- Highest educational achievement is most important. If you have a degree, then you don’t need to list all of your GCSEs,just the number achieved and grade ranges.
- Start with a personal profile/statement. As with the cover letter, tailor this to the job you are applying for.
- If you are a recent university or school/college leaver, then education should come before work history. If you are an experienced worker, then work history comes before education.
- Your work history should show your most recent role first, and work backwards.
- Include details of results and performance. Highlight achievements.
- Check spelling and grammar. Then, check again.
- Save CV as a word doc and make sure it is named properly. E.g. BOB SMITH CV.
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