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CV Tips

Below are some basic rules to bear in mind when creating your Curriculum Vitae.

Help with your CV

Your CV is a representation of you and is the first impression that a new employer has of you. CV should consist of the following:

1. Personal details
• Name
• Address
• Date of birth
• Marital status
• Nationality

2. Academic history, qualifications & skills
• Include both school and university/college qualifications
• State all relevant courses attended and list all IT system knowledge

3. Career history
• Chronological order with no gaps
• Include the name of the company, job title and dates employed
• Include job duties obtained

4. Positions of responsibility
• Summarised details

5. Interests
• Do not invent interests as you are often asked about these on interview
• Be specific and expand on what you do
• Interests are helpful to an employer and can help the interviewer decide whether or not you would fit into the company's culture

6. Referees
• Do not include referee details on your CV
• State references available on request
• Be prepared to have reference details for the past five years

And remember, always:
• Type your CV and be ready to email your CV as a Microsoft Word document
• Text should be a minimum of point size 11 - 12 so it is easy to read
• Avoid photographs on your CV unless requested. If necessary, attach a photograph separately
• Keep it simple and use bullets, tabs and formatting to make your CV easy to read
• Do check your CV for spelling and grammar errors. One error on your CV will often hinder your application
• Keep your CV to two pages when possible
• Learn your CV with regards to dates as you will be asked about these on interview


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