“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
“A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.”
“There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.”
“With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.”
Employers receive multiple applications for each role they recruit. Initial shortlisting is purely on assessment of your CV. Your CV is your main marketing tool and will either open or firmly close doors for you, so it is important to get it right.
- Be honest – every detail in your CV will be thoroughly checked, if not at interview stage then certainly once a job offer has been made. By falsifying information relating to qualifications or experience you will jeopardise any offer of employment
- Be concise – try to keep the CV to 2 -3 pages; any more than this is unnecessary
- Tailor your CV to each role for which you apply and include details of responsibilities for each of your previous roles
- Include details of all academic and professional qualifications
- Write the CV chronologically including dates (month & year) of each period of employment
- Do not leave gaps in the CV – it is important that your account for all of your time
- Do not duplicate information; it wastes time and space. If something is listed as an “achievement” then it does not also need to be a “responsibility”
- Be selective when including extra-curricular activities - include things that add value to the CV (team sports, sporting/artistic achievements, charity work, etc...) or that can be used as a topic of conversation with an interviewer (specific hobbies and interests). Avoid generalisms such as “socialising”
- Re-read your CV before sending it anywhere and, ideally ask someone else to proof read it.
- Presentation is important - a sloppy and poorly presented CV gives the impression of an unprofessional and sloppy attitude and lack of attention to detail. Common spelling and grammar mistakes are not always picked up by automated checks so it is important not to rely solely on these.