The CV

Lets start with some basic stuff about creating a CV.

The importance of the CV quality does depend somewhat on the type of role you are applying for. For example; if you are applying for an administration, typing, data entry type role then it would be expected that the spelling and punctuation on the CV would be very accurate. How would you expect the prospective employer to believe your computer accuracy skills are great if you can’t get it right on your own CV? Unfortunately we see this often, so please, proofread your CV prior to applying.

I like to have the most relevant information close to the top of the CV so if you have relevant work history perhaps place that ahead of your education. On the other hand if you feel that your education is your key selling point place that ahead of work experience. Remember, the employer might be looking through a large number of applications and may initially only look at the first page of each application. It’s all about standing out and catching the attention of the reader.

Don’t forget to include non-work related activities and achievements. These help to build a picture of who you are and show the type of person you are. The employer wants to know ‘who you are as a person’.


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