- Whether applying for your first role or with substantial work experience and accomplishments, it is your key personal sales and marketing document and passport to an interview.
- Make it well-organised and packed with relevant information to match and support your application.
- If applying with a covering e-mail, make it 'business like' – no 'text speak'!
- Content is more important than size.
- Whilst a CV must always be truthful and accurate,
avoid anything giving a negative impression.
- Avoid a style that is too narrative, use bullet points
to stress key areas.
- Watch spelling, grammar, dates etc.
- Start with 'Objective and Summary of Qualifications', i.e. a two/three line overview.
- List key personal details: name, preferred locations, key educational achievements (perhaps on the last page if several years ago).
- List key personal skills.
- Show your career history - starting with the most recent position, work backwards, leave no gaps and include any periods of unemployment.
- Include the job title, key technical skills (qualified by number of years and depth), key functions of each job and notable achievements.