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How to Write a Good CV

 


3. Employment history

Start with your current or most recent job.

 

Include your job title and a brief description of your responsibilities, duties and main achievements.

 

State the name of the company and the nature of its business.
If you have extensive experience, keep your earlier jobs brief - it's your most recent role the interviewer will be most interested in.

 

If you've taken time out - to travel or to bring up children - include this.
Interviewers don't like to see gaps. If you've temped for a long time, or have changed jobs frequently, you should explain.

 

Don’t include reasons for leaving, but be prepared to be asked this at the next stage
Don’t include salary details on a CV

 

 

4. Interests and hobbies

These help an interviewer understand more about your personality, so do include them, but be brief and remember it’s a job application not an audition for Big Brother!

 

 

5. References or referees

If you can it is always good to provide the details of referees rather than say: 'References available on request'.

 

Before you send out your CV to a prospective Employer.

 

Tailor your CV for each interview. If you can match your skills and experience to the employer's needs, your chances of securing an interview will be improved.

 

Ask yourself:
▪ What are they looking for?
▪ What key elements did they ask for in the job description?
▪ How specifically are you suited for this particular role and organisation?
▪ Write a short personal profile, highlighting your personal attributes and strengths