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CV Do's and Don'ts

14th June 2018

CV Do's and Don'ts

Writing a CV is a tricky – but hugely important – part of the job application process. It is the first impression a potential employer will get of you. In order to get the chance to impress them face to face, your CV must be professional and well written.

Here, we provide some useful tips for the do’s and don’ts of writing your CV.


CV Do’s

Keep It Concise

Two sides of A4 is the perfect length for a CV. Recruiters do not want to spend too long looking at it. Often, if it is over two pages they will not consider it at all. It needs to be concise – short and sweet. If you are struggling to keep it to two pages, try using bullet points. These are a concise way of laying it out, allowing a hiring manager to scan through your CV easily. It will also draw their attention to any key facts or relevant information.

Keep It Professional

You CV is a professional document. Everything on it needs to shine a positive light on yourself, professionally. Keep it to a basic, professional font. This makes it easier for the recruiter to read. Using an unprofessional font will give them a bad impression of you from the off.

Furthermore, make sure your email address is professional. Whilst we’ve all had embarrassing emails in the past, it’s important to use a formal, respectable one when applying for jobs. Again, it’s about giving off the right first impression.

Keep It Logical

Think about the order before you write it. You need to make sure it plays to your strengths. What do you want the employer to see? If your experience isn’t great but your education is – put the education first. Or vice versa. Lay it out how you want the recruiter to read it, drawing them in early, but ensure it has some sort of order to it.

CV Don’ts

Include Irrelevant Information

As we’ve previously stated, your CV needs to be concise. Don’t waste space including information that won’t help you. Make it right for the job you’re applying for. If there is a piece of information that will not help you seem like the right fit for that role, don’t include it.

Include A Photo

Unless it is absolutely necessary. If the job requires you to send a photo (which they very rarely do), then don’t include one. Even if they do, ensure it is a professional photo – not a selfie or a picture of you on a night out. Whether we like it or not, people judge books by their cover. Including a photo of yourself could subliminally impact on the recruiter’s decision. Use your skills, experience and education to persuade your potential employer. No matter how good looking you think you are, a photo is more likely to have a negative impact than a positive one!

Include Salary Expectations

The recruiter wants to know that you are interested in the role because of what it is, not just the money involved. All salary discussions should be left until after interview negotiations, if they offer you the job. Most roles will state the salary range they offer, so look for this before you apply. If it looks too low, don’t go for it. Recruiters will be put off if you are asking for a salary that is too high.





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