Simple CV Rules

This is a simple and easy to follow process in preparing your curriculum vitae.

  1. Format is crucial so make sure you don’t go over two pages and make sure that you are clear and concise with your heading. Additionally go for a neutral font and black typeface! Don’t brand your CV unless you are applying for a role that would expect that and Word document type is always the best to save it in.
  2. Make sure you add your name, telephone number and email address. Also it is still important to add your postal address. The more ways an employer or recruiter can get hold of you the better the chance you have of getting the job.
  3. Relevance is very important – if you’re applying for a job in recruitment/sales add experiences that you think are the most applicable to the role. There is no point in mentioning that you an IT whizz kid if you want to work in a front office position as this will never be used, kept this to yourself (bust it out in interviews, sure) and use the space for more relevant material.
  4. Personal statements are great! Though if used incorrectly they can be a nightmare. Saying ‘I am an enthusiastic graduate with a passion to get into administration’ isn’t going to help for a sales role – the best personal statements are tailored, if you don’t have time to do this for each application then write a simple and effective statement.
  5. Always make it personal   - add hobbies, interests and anything else that is personal to you.
  6. Check your spelling and grammar – commonly CV’s will be rejected because somebody is ‘defiantly’ not a good speller. It’s DEFINITELY worth checking over your CV for these errors. It's recommended to have it checked by a friend.
  7. Keep it short, sharp and to the point – there is no real point for prose, we would suggest that bullet points would be the best.
  8. References are key! Make sure you ask your referees first though. You could get into a stop of bother if you don’t.

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