Your CV is your marketing document, the first impression a recruiter or future employer will have of you. It must perfectly display your experience and what you will bring to the table. The tone needs to beautifully sum up your experience, skills and education. We love working with our candidates on their CVs but here are the basics.

Spelling and grammar are non-negotiable – errors are a big red flag indicating a lack of preparation and attention to detail – it is vital to check these before sending your CV out. Spellcheck is NOT enough, it often misses the nuances!

Typeface: keep it simple, elegant and clean. It’s unnecessary to create an elaborate document with tables and charts. One colour, consistent use of bold and indentations and tabs. 

Personal details: photographs, date of birth and family circumstances should not be included. Critically important however are your contact details!

Your skills: list all the systems and languages and your level in each, ensure you are confident that, when tested, these will match up.

Your education: accurate dates and details of schools and any further education or professional qualifications. Don’t be tempted to translate the name of a course to bring it in line with UK education standards – a matriculation or baccalaureate should remain as such. Copies of all certificates should be at hand to support your application.

Your career history is usually displayed with your most recent job at the top. Check your dates are accurate. Maybe put a link to the website of the firms you’ve worked for. Bullet points, in the right tense in order that reads well – don’t hop about with job functions.  And make sure you just put in your accurate job spec, not what the job was supposed to include – keep to the facts.

Your use of language will identify you and give you a chance to display your elegance and eloquence   There are hooks that an employer will remember and this could be an achievement, a hobby, an interest – totally optional, they say a lot about you – so you decide whether they are going to enhance your job search.

A profile… this is down to personal preference; I prefer to read this in the accompanying cover letter/email. You must tailor this to the application, it should be well thought through, eloquent and concise, friendly but not over familiar. Your tone of phrase should say a lot about you.

You will be judged!

 

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