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How to prepare a great CV!

Over the last 10 years people have become confused by whether a CV should be one page, two pages or longer, whether it should be chronological or functional or skills-based, where and how they should summarise what they have to offer and which ideas are valuable amongst all the sources of advice in books and on the Internet.

Take a deep breath; these are the only rules you ever need worry about.

What MUST appear in your CV:
* WELL STRUCTURED information about your experience, skills, knowledge and potential that is appropriate to the level and type of role you will be applying for. A CV must position you properly and immediately resonate with recruitment professionals.

*Writing a GOOD CV is paramount to obtaining your place within the interview process, therefore you should ensure that you have included all relevant information relating to your chosen job on your CV. Most recruiters receive dozens of applications for each role and more often than not, will only shortlist candidates by matching the required skills from their initial overview of each CV.

* Check for accuracy with spelling, dates of employment and study. Any gaps in employment need to be covered (i.e. travel, raising family).

* Do not assume that you will have the OPPORTUNITY to ELABORATE on your job descriptions at the interview. If you do not give the recruiter an overview of your job role & capabilities, you may not get the opportunity to attend interview at all.

* Always ask for a JOB DESCRIPTION relating to the role which you are applying for. Check the company’s website (where applicable) and vacancy sections to ensure that you have a good understanding of the company & the role, before submitting your application.

* Most applicants write a PERSONAL PROFILE on their CV. This section should change for each job where applicable.
Example: If the candidate states that they are looking for a role that involves lots of customer contact and you are applying for an accounts role, handling data entry with no telephone contact, it’s very likely that you will not be short listed for interview, therefore apply attention to detail every time you send out your CV.

* Ensure that you always write a COVER LETTER to summarise why you are applying for each role. It may not be apparent on your CV that you are suitable, however if your opening statement is impressive and your reasons for applying for the job role are qualified, it is likely that you may be short listed for interview.

Good luck with your job search and always remember that your CV is the Employers 1st impression of YOU!