The thought of writing a CV can be quite daunting: you’re sat in front of a blank piece of A4 paper which is waiting for you to type down all your life’s achievements to date.. Sounds hard right? It doesn’t have to be!

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CVs should never follow a specific format, but here’s some items you should always include:

Personal details: It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to include their name, email, contact phone number and address. To avoid any awkward moments, make sure you’ve created a professional email, as using your “EliteHeadShot1337@Hotmail.com” or “xxXLFC4EVAXxx@hotmail.com” email address will make employers skip your CV.

Profile: Placed at the beginning of the CV, a profile is a statement that highlights your key attributes or reasons for deciding to apply for a specific field of work. It must focus on the sector you’re applying to, as your cover letter will be job-specific. You should keep it short and snappy – 100 words is the perfect length.

Work experience: This section should include all of your relevant work experience, listed with the most recent first. Include your job title, the name of the organisation, time in post, and your key responsibilities.

Education: Your educational experience and achievements should be listed here, along with dates, the type of qualification and/or the grade you achieved. However for example, if you have more educational achievements than work experience, placing an emphasis on this section is a good idea.

Hobbies and interests: You don’t always need to include hobbies and interests in your CV, but mentioning relevant ones to the position you’re applying for could back up your skills and help you to stand out from the crowd – not to mention give you something to talk about at an interview!

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  • • Don’t use a font like “Comic Sans” instead, use size-10 Arial.
  • • Never fold your CV, always print it double-sided if it’s across two pages.
  • • Avoid using generic phrases such as “Team Player” “Hardworking” and “Multi-tasker”.
  • • Don’t go into a job interview without researching the company first!
  • • NEVER lie on your CV! As it demonstrates dishonesty to the employer.
  • • NEVER send off your CV without at least spell checking it first.

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