CV hints and tips
A good CV should be:
- word processed – looks professional and is easy to change for different jobs
- short – for someone with little, or no work experience, one or two A4 pages are sufficient
- easy to read – clear font; text separated by bullet points and headings
- attractive – well laid out, use good quality white paper
- tailored – to the job, or type of job, you’re applying for
- accurate – no mistakes in spelling, grammar or punctuation
- truthful – no exaggeration, or complete lies
- focused – containing relevant information only
- positive – about you, your skills, personal qualities and experience
- complete – avoid gaps in your education or experience
- clean – no smudges or stains
- checked – get someone to check it for mistakes before you send it.
Other things to remember
- Be prepared to work at it to get it right.
- Don’t put ‘CV’ or ‘Curriculum Vitae’ at the top of your CV.
- Always send a covering letter, or covering email, with your CV.
- Save an electronic master copy of your CV.
- Adapt your CV for different jobs, and try different styles or formats.
- Don’t go overboard on the formatting. Keep the style simple and consistent.
- Update your CV regularly.
- Take a copy of your CV with you to the interview.
- If you are emailing your CV attach it as a file – don’t send it in the body of the message.
- Don’t use an embarrassing email address, such as ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’!
And don't forget – if you already have a Planit Portfolio account, you can use the Easy CV online tool to help you create a successful and attractive CV!
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