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CV ADVICE

The objective when putting together a CV is to accurately reflect your experience, achievements to date, suitability for a job and to secure that all-important interview. This document is where you create your first impression with a potential employer, and the time and effort spent on it is a good investment in marketing yourself effectively in an increasingly competitive job market.
Your CV should not read like a job spec – you need to include your core responsibilities, as well as projects/ initiatives/ reviews you have been involved in and your key achievements.
We will help polish your CV with you and provide advice tailored to the specific area in which you are looking for a role. As a starting point these tips will help you put together an effective document.

General Tips
Presentation
Word process the CV. Use good quality paper for the CV (and covering letter, if applying to an organisation yourself.)
Keep the layout simple, well spaced out and ensure the font size is easy to read.
Ensure it is error free by proof reading, more than once!
Don’t get hung up on having no more than 2 pages. If your career spans a few years you may need to go over 2 pages to fully highlight your achievements.
Use a mixture of text and bullet points. Don’t use wordy paragraphs.

Style
Keep use of English professional and concise.
Be honest.
Focus on your own personal experience and achievements.

CV Content
Personal Details
Put your name at the top, with your address, phone numbers (include a mobile number if possible), and your preferred e-mail address.
Put your date of birth – many organisations require this for their diversity records.
Don’t include a lengthy profile. These are subjective - keep it factual.
Put Nationality and any VISA details if relevant.

Professional Qualifications
List your Professional Qualifications with dates (and pass rate if relevant). If you are part qualified, detail your progress to date, next exam sitting and when you expect to qualify.
Mention any awards attained.

Education
List Degree(s)/ further qualifications held and where and when you obtained them. Mention any awards attained.
Say where you went to school/ college/ university and give attendance dates. Detail the number of O Grades and A Levels/ Highers/ CSYS and the grades.

Employment History
Begin with your most recent employer and work backward. Your most recent experience should be the most detailed.
Give the dates of employment (months and year), name of the business, sector and turnover where possible and your job title.
Put 2 or 3 lines outlining the main purpose of the role, department worked in, job title of the person you report(ed) to, size of team, your staff responsibilities etc.
List the key responsibilities as bullet points.
Include any significant projects/ initiatives/ audits/ reviews you have been involved in.
Add any significant achievements for each role, quantifying where possible, e.g. “Achieved “X”% of target last year.”
List other positions of responsibility held within the role/ committees sat on etc.
Account for any gaps with a brief reason.
Don’t put reasons for leaving on a CV as this can be discussed in an interview.

IT skills
List packages and level of expertise

Courses Attended
List relevant ones

Language Skills
List, giving level of written and spoken fluency

Interests
Keep these brief and be honest- these give a flavour of what you are like out with work.

Referees
Leave these off at this stage or put “References available on request”.

 

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