How Do You Write a CV?
Your CV is a personal sales-pitch aimed towards securing you an interview. Did you know that the majority of candidates fail early on in the recruitment process because of their CV? It takes too long to read, lists non-essential information and does not reflect their main selling points. Here are a few useful pointers for writing a CV:
How many pages should a CV be?
Generally, most CVs should be no more than 2-3 pages in length - this can vary within different levels of experience. Please see how many pages should a CV be?
How do I tackle gaps in employment?
At some point, most people will face unemployment, redundancy and various other reasons for gaps in employment. The first (and most important) thing to remember is - DON'T PANIC! If you are going to compile your own CV and you have gaps of a few months in your CV - don't lie; consider listing just the years. You will, however, need to detail specific dates in your application form.
Where do I include personal information?
A common mistake to make with your CV is to list all your personal information: height, weight, place of birth etc. This information is irrelevant and will take up much-needed room for other, more relevant information. It is a good idea to include your date of birth, nationality, marital status and if you hold a driving licence at the bottom of the CV - not at the top!
- What makes a good CV?
- What types of CV are there?
- Explaining gaps in employment
- What should be left out of my CV?
- Improve a CV with power verbs
- Why was my CV rejected?
- Common CV writing mistakes
- How to target a covering letter
- CV personal profiles
- Writing an entry level CV