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CV Advice

It is vital that your CV creates an excellent first impression; its purpose is to get you an interview with a prospective employer.  It is an outline of your skills and experience and needs to be presented in such a way that you stand out from the crowd.  Most employers will scan read a CV so they need to find what they are looking for quickly!

How to Present your CV

  • Make sure it is clearly laid out in a logical order
  • Use a font that is easy to read
  • Use bullet points where appropriate
  • Don’t make it too long, 2 – 3 pages is sufficient.
  • Ensure that dates are correct and explain any gaps
  • Organise the document in reverse chronological order, highlighting your most recent experience.
  • Use clear headings throughout (Work History, Education and Interests) to make it easier to read.
  • Check, check and check again for spelling errors & typos – Remember it is a representation of you and could be the difference between securing an interview and rejection.

What to include in your CV

Personal Details

  • Name
  • Address
  • e-mail address
  • Contact telephone numbers

A short profile

  • Briefly summarise your skills & experience
  • Give an indication of the type of role you are looking to secure

Work History

  • Start with your current or most recent job
  • Include the employers name & nature of business
  • State your job title clearly
  • Ensure that the dates are correct and state the month as well as the year.
  • Describe each role in detail using bullet points
  • Highlight key achievements within each position
  • Professional qualifications
  • State all professional qualifications & dates gained
  • Include relevant training courses
  • List your IT knowledge including your level of understanding

Education

  • Start with the most recent
  • State the name of the School, College or University you attended.
  • Include qualifications gained with grades & dates.
  • Interests & Activities
  • Be specific & brief

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What people say


Just a quick note regarding the service your company provided recently. The brief we asked you to fill was certainly a challenge given that the position is a specialist one and very rare in our trade. However, within a day you had a candidate that not only met our needs but looks like being one of our top people. In our business we need suppliers to react quickly and understand our requirements, both of which you accomplished with ease. Great communication and attention to detail.

Pat - Construction Industry

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