Tip of the Month
Last updated 12-Dec-13 14:42
Review, Review & Review some more!
Ok so you've put your CV up on the GY site and you sit back happy in the knowledge that it's finally been written! We're sorry to break the bad news but you should constantly be reviewing your CV. If you're gaining new experience you need to add to it. If you're applying to lots of different companies you need to tailor it to each one!
It's not cool to send CVs & covering letters that have been copied & pasted from one application to another. Remember to keep it personable and really show your enthusiasm for why you're applying for that role! Here are some quick tips to writing the best CV:
- Keep it informative but succinct (try to keep to 2 pages)
- Make it easy for potential employers to read - use clear sections and subtitles.
- Every job is different so your CV should be too - tailor your CV!
- Honesty is always the best policy - don't bend the truth!
- Start with your most recent and relevant experience
- If your work experience is limited why not add the skills you've learnt as Uni or through a hobby.
- Your CV shouldn't be gimmicky - try to keep away from cliché quotes or wacky images. It's good to be different but make sure it's not too wild!
- Make sure your contact details are clear & correct. If you've got a twitter account or LinkedIn account add these too.
- Check and recheck! Ask a friend to look over your CV as spelling & grammar mistakes do not look good!
- Look through your CV & covering letter before you go to the interview - sounds obvious but you need to be clear & consistent in what you've said!
If you're still a bit stuck about what to include or just want to have your CV checked then get involved with our e-guidance. Post your CV or question to a real life careers advisor from the comfort of your own home.
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