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What is a CV?

The more time you invest into this crucial stage, the better your chances will be of getting an interview. Although it may seem like a lot is riding on those few simple pieces of paper, don’t be daunted. Writing a CV is actually the single stage in the employment process where you have full control.

Think of it like an audition. Your CV is the initial chance to impress. You need to grab an employer’s attention within just 20 seconds. We’re here to show you how by covering the following:

Marketing yourself

The usual way in which most people approach CV writing is with an outdated attitude. You need to be contemporary and pragmatic in order to stand out from the crowd. This means producing a CV which works as a marketing tool fit for today’s job market.

Proving your skills

On your CV, it isn’t enough to simply state that, for example, you “have good communication skills”. You need to give specific examples to back up your claims. Why should a potential employer just take your word for it? You will need to express yourself in a way in which to convince the employer you have the skills which they require.

Making your experience relevant

It’s not enough to have just one CV. Each and every application you send out needs to explain specifically how your skills and experience apply to that particular vacancy. You will need to present and tailor your CV to make it as persuasive as possible.

Avoiding common mistakes

Although there is no definitive way in which to write the ‘perfect’ CV, there are certainly things which you should avoid doing. The key is to keep it simple but effective.