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CV Preparation

Until your interview you are only as good as the details you have submitted and perhaps your telephone manner.  This makes your CV and covering letter crucial as it is an essential tool in most job searches.  Like any marketing documents a CV should help you to sell yourself.

What should your CV include?

Think about your skills, qualifications and experience.  What are your unique selling points and strengths?

If you are replying to a specific job advertisement review what key words and tasks were used in the advertisement.  Which of these applies to you?  Use these words in your CV.

Remember that you want your CV to be read.  Tempt the recipient.  Include just enough information to stimulate interest.  Three pages maximum.  Every word must contribute to the overall message, so keep it brief and make sure that the contents are relevant to the job you are applying for.

The First Page

This should contain your personal details (name, address, contact details, education and qualifications) and a brief general overview of your skills, experience and the nature of work sought.  If you are seeking temporary or contract work, do not forget to include availability and preferred locations.

Pages Two/Three

Here you should highlight your full employment history.  Present this in reverse chronological order.  If you have worked for one company break it down with an entry for each position or project you have been involved with.  For each position held, give your job title, describe the work undertaken, duties and responsibilities.

Include any achievements, not just tasks undertaken.

List your hobbies and interests in no more than three lines.

It is recommended that two referees be given.

The Covering Letter

CV's are seldom sent alone, they should be introduced by a covering letter. Ensure you have checked your grammar and spelling before submitting a CV.
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