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3 Top Tips: How to write a good CV!

Posted by: Tom Webb-Skinner 21 Nov 13 - 10:27AM  | Recruitment

We see thousands of CVs come to us every month so, more often that you may think; the decision to progress with one over another will be down to the CV itself and not your career history. Frustrating? Maybe, but actually this means you can exploit this fact to your advantage!

We looked to our top three job boards to bring you three select tips about writing a good CV!

"Don't include irrelevant personal details, such as date of birth, nationality or photograph."

This is a great tip because it's something that so many people do! We previously discussed why you may not want to use a photograph but are you guilty of including your nationality and date of birth? Particularly on date of birth - what do you think it adds? I tell you what it takes away... SPACE! Your CV needs to be as clear and concise as possible so cut out anything that isn't strictly necessary. It's against the law for us to discriminate based on age anyway!

"Include a personal statement. Don’t just assume an employer will see how your experience relates to their job."

The personal statement is both highly underrated and highly underused so it's a great thing to get right and include on your CV. The point made here is spot on because we spend seconds reading a CV and that's not laziness, it's a necessity - we know what we are looking for and get hundreds every week. So including a short, sharp personal statement that neatly explains why your experience is relevant to the job you're applying to is a brilliant idea!

"Describe your career history in terms of achievements."

CVs are typically littered with responsibilities. Okay, we want to know what your job actually was, spell out what you were employed to do - of course! However, we're looking for candidates that are going to really do something in their new job so tell us what actually achieved! Our tip? Quantify this as much as possible: tell us how you saved 20% on a budget, led a team of 6 to achieve an award or whatever is appropriate... just don't leave it as guess work as to what you've accomplished n your career!

So now you know how to write a good CV, what are you waiting for? Register your excellent new CV with us today and let's start a discussion about the future of your career!

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