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30 CV Tips

  •  Posted on Jun 02, 2020  by  | No Comments
  1. Always keep your CV updated especially with contact numbers and recent roles
  2. If you are a temporary worker be sure to add this and the name of your agency who is engaging your services
  3. Keep to 2 – 3 pages maximum
  4. Feature your results and achievements – did you exceed a target or meet a goal or deadline? Shout about it!
  5. Start with personal details – name, contact details (mobile/email) and nationality may be required for visa purposes
  6. Never include personal details such as date of birth, marital  status, religion or child details on your CV
  7. Good to add your availability ie immediately. 1 week’s notice/ 1 month’s notice
  8. Tailor it to apply for the job you want, not the job you’ve done
  9. Ideally use bullet points to outline duties – clarity is key
  10. If you have provide support include how many people you supported/team and level of seniority if relevant
  11. If adding a picture make sure it is not an obvious selfie, and it reflects the industry in which you want to work
  12. Start with most recent role and work backwards
  13. Use A4 format, many companies will print out hard copy CV’s
  14. Don’t have any gaps always outline what you have been doing even if it’s travelling or looking for work
  15. Good idea to include your reason for leaving each role next to the dates
  16. Include the location of the role where you have worked ie London, Rome, Sydney
  17. Good to include months as well as the  years of each employment
  18. Include your hobbies and interests – especially if they are in line with what the company you are applying to does! It’s a useful talking point at interview.
  19. If you are involved in team sports/activity add as part of your interests
  20. Include most recent two level of education ie University Degree, A Levels, Licence and Bac etc
  21. Specify your language fluency level and list all languages – native level, fluent, intermediate or basic are good indications. Some companies may not be familiar with CEFRL levels such as C1, B2 etc.
  22. Always offer or include names and addresses of referees
  23. Double check spelling and grammar
  24. Don’t over expose your CV
  25. Always ensure you give permission for your CV to be sent to a third party
  26. Add any other useful courses that you have undertaken
  27. Always ensure that each area of your CV has a title ie personal, details, employment, education etc
  28. Don’t go overboard with embellishments & word art, but a bit of colour or design will make your CV stand out
  29. Always double check that your CV has been sent and has been received
  30. Include industry/sector of the companies you have worked for – don’t assume everyone knows what the company you work for / have worked for does


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