CV and Interview Tips

TIPS   ON   WRITING  YOUR   CURRICULUM  VITAE

 1.    Your CV is not a document which is just a record of your work history and education – it is a sales tool whereby you sell  yourself and your skills to a prospective employer.

2.     The CV should be seen as a “LIVE” document, which is flexible and adaptable, depending on the need.   This means that it must be used to highlight certain features when applying for a specific position, and other features when applying for a different opportunity.   In other words,  you may put certain   aspects of your experience at the top of the cv to bring this to the attention of an employer who has stated that this is an important skill.

3.     Use the right terminology relative to your industry or skill set, and use key words which indicate that you are familiar with their use within the industry.

4.     Correct all spelling errors, and proof read your document at least twice before sending it off.  Asking another person to proof read it too, often picks up unseen errors.

5.     Check the basics:    Make sure that your Cellphone number and email address are correctly inserted, and that your area of residence and education details  are accurately outlined.

6.     Use bullet points to outline your duties.  Writing reams of text is very difficult for the employer or agent to read, especially if there are a high volume of CV’s to read.

7.     Point out your benefits and attributes in a brief and “to the point” style with limited detail which can make things confusing.

8.    Avoid being negative, and focus on positives.

9.      Describe yourself appropriately, and don’t use irrelevant terminology and language that can be construed in the wrong manner.

10.    Be brief and do not give every detail of “when you were in nursery school, and the boy scouts, and primary school, and head of the debating society, and lead singer in the school choir, and ……………..
The more work history you develop, the less you will need to provide detail of your earlier years.

13.    Do not use personal pronouns – “I” or “Me”  -

State work function in factual manner e.g.  responsible for full accounting function” and not “I was
responsible”.

12.     It is not advisable to use a template, as often this does not allow for all information, and also does not showindependent style.

13.    Make sure that your CV is kept up to date and that the Dates are correct for each position worked.

14.    DO  NOT  LIE  !!!!!!!!!!!!           IT IS NOT WORTH IT.

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