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Tailoring a CV to suit the job you’re applying for will increase your chances of gaining your dream job.

First impressions are vital, your CV is essentially just that. You want it to stand out from the rest and lead to that first interview. Use the following tips to help you get started in creating your successful CV.

What basic information do I need to include in my CV?
– Personal information – State your name and address and never forget to add your contact details, i.e. mobile number and email address.
– Personal Statement – This should be a short summery explaining your key strengths, what your can offer the company and what you are looking for. This is essential to help you stand out from the crowd and is the first thing that potential employers tend to read.
– Work Experience –  List all of your previous and current working experience including the name of the organisation, dates worked, job title and a brief summary of your key responsibilities within your job role. Your most recent job should be listed first, then work back
– Education and achievements – In this section, list all your qualifications, for example GCSE’s and professional qualifications. Also, list your achievements and key skills learnt throughout your career that your wish to highlight to a potential employer.

Make your CV simple yet effective
Your CV should be easy to read, aim to use a simple fonts and try keep it to no more than two A4 pages. The layout should be well structured, with clear headings and good use of bullet points. Research shows that recruiters expect an ease of reading when receiving CV’s.

Tailoring your CV
When writing your CV take into account which industry sector you work in, don’t be generic. This allows you to highlight key experience and  skills which you can offer to a future employers. Remember, employers are trying to find a candidate to suit their job, if your CV reflects this then you will stand out from the crowd.

Proofreading is essential!
Employers will reject a CV full of spelling mistakes, typos or poor gramma. Always double check your contact details are correct before sending. Make sure you check your CV for any mistakes or ask a friend to take a look.

Keep it up to date
Keeping your CV up to date will enable you to fire your CV out to jobs you see advertised. It will also prevent accidently sending an old CV and looking unprofessional.

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