Preparing Your CV (part two)
Presentation of a CV
The way you present a C.V. says a great deal about you. It is absolutely imperative that you take the time to format, produce and check for any errors.
Make your CV simple and as clear as possible
- Your C.V. should be kept to two A4 sheets of paper. A clear and logical format simplifies information for the reader (begin with most current information and work back).
- Use a combination of headings, emboldening, underlining, upper and lower case type, and bullet points to emphasise certain information but stick to a clear typeface.
- Short, crisp sentences are ideal with relevant information only.
- Avoid jargons, abbreviations, repetitiveness and use plain English.
- Tailoring your C.V. to a position will produce far greater success than producing hundreds of generic ones.
- Be honest and accurate - remember this information is very likely to form the basis of your interview.
Accompaniments to a CV
- A C.V. should always be accompanied with a covering email/letter, be addressed to a person by name rather than simply Dear Sir/Madam and be a maximum of one page.
- State the position you are applying for and where/when you saw it advertised quoting any Refs.
- Say why you want the job and what you could offer the prospective employer. Include any additional relevant information which may not be covered on your C.V.
- State where/how the recipient can contact you for further information.
Finally-end on a positive note!
Say that you look forward to speaking to them in the near future!!
Very helpful and friendly staff, great knowledge of the company and what the job involved, kept in touch throughout- good communication. Placed me into a job where I was very keen in going into, and overall a very pleasant and pleasing experience throughout!Carmen K. - Candidate March 2010