A CV is a marketing tool to attract future employers and secure an interview. It is essential to have a well-presented CV that highlights your skills and achievements.
All CVs must contain:
Language should be professional and skills focussed. Where possible, avoid simply writing a list of duties. Rather, highlight the skills you have developed that are specific to the role you are applying for, as well as any transferrable skills, as this will have greater impact.
CVs should be clear, easy to read and have a consistent style throughout. Use of headings and a clear font will enable you to highlight key pieces of information to an employer. A CV should be two pages of A4 however there are occasionally exceptions: a longer CV for Academic roles, or a one page Resume if requested by the employer.
A Chronological CV and a Skills Based CV are the two main formats. The Chronological CV is the most common form of CV and involves giving a detailed history of your education and work history, highlighting your skills and experience . A Skills Based CV focuses on highlighting your suitability through a prominent and detailed skills section, which draws on the full range of your experience. You will find examples of both formats further on in this guide.
A covering letter should be no more than one side of A4. This is often the first document the employer reads (prior to reading your CV). This is your opportunity to link your personal skills and attributes to the key attributes the employer is looking for (you will find this in the job description/person specification). Focus on why you want to work for the company, why the particular job appeals to you and why you are the right candidate for the role.
This is a critical stage of the application process and often determines whether you are called for interview.
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