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2018
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6 Tips to help you build a great CV!

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Your CV, [also known as Résumé] is an outline of your educational and professional history. It conveys your personal details in the way that presents you in the best possible light!

As such, your CV needs to respect few rules and guidelines, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a rigid copy of everyone else’s! Think of it as your own Marketing document where you aim to convince and "sell" your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers.

And as there are hundreds of advice and templates you can find online, make sure not to lose track of your uniqueness through the below tips:

1. Stand out but stay genuine!

Your CV should demonstrate your unique blend of skills and experience alongside practical examples when available without any form of exaggeration. Including references will further validate your storyline!

2. Keep the layout simple.

 Your choice of font and layout are key to making sure a possible employer carries on reading your CV. The length of document is also important as not to drawn the person on the receiving end with meaningless details.

3. Don't be generic; tailor your CV to the job!

Read the job description carefully, understand it and tailor your CV to highlight the right aspects of your experience for the employers.

 

4. Double Check

Avoid errors at all costs. This means spelling mistakes, dates which conflict with one another and incorrect email address and phone number.

5. Update, Update & Update!

Make sure your CV is regularly updated to meet the requirements of any jobs you see advertised.

6. Use a template, why not! But make it your own

 By following a CV template, you are not restricting the way in which you can express yourself, but you will find that your CV becomes easier to read and covers all the most important aspects of your work history.

First impressions aren’t forgotten easily, so make yours count!

 

Sources:

University of Kent: https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv.htm

Monster UK: https://www.monster.co.uk/career-advice/article/top-5-cv-tips

The guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2012/mar/15/cv-tips-first-arts-job