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10 tips for successful CV

Getting the basics right is the first way of making a successful CV. Make sure that your personal contact details, your qualifications and education information, your work history and experience, and your skills are set out accurately and professionally.

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Presentation is the key to a successful CV. Take care to make the CV look good and read through everything to make sure it’s well structured.

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In terms of the paper itself, use high grade paper and make sure you fold it crisply before you put it into an envelope.

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In terms of the paper itself, use high grade paper and make sure you fold it crisply before you put it into an envelope.

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A good CV is a clear and concise one. Keep it to no more than 2 pages. Keep it waffle free and make sure you put the most salient points at the start. Recruiters received tons of CVs. If you leave the relevant parts to the end, the recruiter might not read them.

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Understanding the job description will help you write a targeted CV. Take notes while you read it and then tailor your CV so it answers the questions raised by the job description.

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You want to guide to reader to an understanding that you’re the right candidate for the job. Tailoring the CV to the job isn’t difficult. All you need to do is read the job description as noted before.

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You want to guide to reader to an understanding that you’re the right candidate for the job. Tailoring the CV to the job isn’t difficult. All you need to do is read the job description as noted before.

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Make sure you take out any general info that’s not relevant. If you worked for a short time in Pizza Hut or another fast food outlet as a teenager don’t mention that unless you’re looking for a similar job.

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Make sure that you make the most of your skills. This is a chance to present your key skills like communication, computer skills and your ability to work within a team. If you have these talents but you don’t mention them in your CV, you might not make the interview stage.

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Your interests and hobbies are a great way of getting your personality across. Make sure that they’re not too strange or difficult to communicate. If you keep pet snakes for example and you’re applying for an office job, you might not want to mention that in your CV but a love of general things like sports and movies could help recruiters get a picture of you before the interview.

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The final tip is to make sure that the CV goes to the right place. All the effort you’ve made with it will go to waste if it lands on the wrong desk or doesn’t make it passed the post room.

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The final tip is to make sure that the CV goes to the right place. All the effort you’ve made with it will go to waste if it lands on the wrong desk or doesn’t make it passed the post room.

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