Hints and Tips on CV Construction
< Remember you do not have to tell them everything – here, you really do have the right to remain silent!
< Make every word earn its place on the page – remember space is valuable.
< Do not give them any reason to throw your application away at this stage.
< Try to keep it to 2 sides only – one side if possible
< When in doubt, leave it out!
< Do not give negative information, e.g. sackings/exams failed etc
< Make the C.V. user friendly, leave lots of white space.
< Consider leaving out your schools attended
< Consider leaving out your GCSEs if you have higher qualifications
< Try to highlight your achievements and try to make them factual e.g. :
< Your team has increased sales by 15% pa/£5000 a month
< You reduced overheads by £300 a week
< You have reduced absenteeism by 45%
< Try to put your relevant selling points first (i.e. Why should they hire you?
< If something does not support your application for a job then leave it out
< Pay attention to sports and hobbies as you might send out the wrong message-if in doubt – leave it out!
< Do not mention salary
< Do not include a reference
< Never make an attempt at humour
< Do not include a photo unless it really is your best feature!
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