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CANDIDATE SUPPORT: Hints & Tips Applying for the job - The CV
Amended: November 2015
Layout as important as content.
It must be simply formatted, with easy to read font, bold headings and MAXIMUM 3/4 pages
If it is
unclear, too long, confusing - IT WILL BE BINNED!
Name and contact details (just 2/3 lines)
Your Profile describes your skills and attributes
that relate to the position applied for
highlights your relevant achievements
quantifying in 'value' terms where
Remember, this is your 'sales literature'
IF PAGE 1 DOESN'T EXCITE, YOUR CV IS LIKELY TO BE DISCARDED!
A profile can be as short
as half a page, in which case follow this with your current, or last, job
Pages 2 and maybe 3:
Your roles in reverse
No unexplained gaps. Show company name, nature of the business, job title.
Focus on main responsibilities and achievements e.g. increased turnover by x%.
Use 'power' words; e.g. saved, developed, created, implemented, designed.
The potential employer will be putting a 'value' on your potential contribution.
Be bold in your statements, they need to know what they are buying.
Detail all jobs in the previous 5 years or so. Jobs earlier than 5 years can be summarized into 2 lines each
Page 3 – last… or maybe 4:
Professional and academic qualifications
competencies, training achievements and courses.
status and hobbies are not generally of concern unless they help to add
value to your ’character’
Date of birth? No, it will be required eventually; it doesn't take 'rocket science' to work it out.
Photo? No. People have many inbuilt prejudices and dislikes so don't risk rejection early on.
Fancy font/graphics? NO, unless such skills are part of the job being applied for
You are trying to project yourself as a professional.
Use quality paper and envelope, and post 1st Class.
Too much employment info? Use an appendix sheet and cross-reference to CV
Contact: Mike Saunders at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruitment agency providing people with experience and knowledge