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CV is short for Curriculum Vitae. A CV is a document about you. It is an important document about you which informs others and is your marketing tool to sell you to prospective employers.


The main purpose of a CV is not to get you a job, but to get you an interview. Your CV is an important marketing tool to:

  • Inform others about you.
  • Give a brief overview of who you are.
  • Highlight your main skills and experience.
  • Communicate personal attributes.
  • Motivate the reader to know more about you.
  • Help when completing an application form.
  • Lead to the all-important interview.

Please give your CV some thought and spend some time on getting it right – it may make all the difference in getting the job you really want. Please take a look at some tips for getting the CV to work for you. They are as follows:-

Make sure your CV is well laid out so that it is immediately easy to read and understand. Leave plenty of white space.

Use concise, unambiguous sentences; avoid exaggerations and a flowery writing style.

Do not make false claims; honesty is always the best policy.

Bullet points are useful to highlight relevant skills and experience and help break up continuous text.

Depending on your experience, two pages is an ideal length.

Stress your past accomplishments and the skills you used to get the results you achieved.

Focus on information which is relevant to your own career goals.

If you are making a career change, stress what skills are transferable to support your new career objectives.

Put your highest level of education first.

Put your most recent job first and work backward chronologically in time.

Ensure all dates are accurate.

Include recent jobs only. What you did 20 years ago will probably not have much relevance today.

Explain any long career gaps (i.e. travelling, maternity leave etc.) these will only need to be explained to our clients.

Don’t change tenses back and forth.

Describe what you did 90% of the time, not 10% of the time.

Avoid references to hobbies, activities and memberships which are not business related or have no relevance to your current career goals or job objectives.

If you are preparing a CV for a specific vacancy, explain why you would be good at the position for which you are applying. This is a brief summary of your significant technical and managerial skills (where appropriate). Include accomplishments and soft skills such as team player, dependable and successfully meeting deadlines.


Listing your skills accurately can make the difference between getting an interview or not, you should include:


Computing skills.

Keyboard skills.

Driving ability.

Membership of relevant clubs or societies.

Make sure you list any other skills that will interest an employer if they are relevant.

When listing languages make sure you include your level such as fluent, intermediate, or basic.

For computing skills make sure you mention the packages you have used such as Microsoft Word.


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