Writing A CV
Your CV or Curriculum Vitae is the first chance to impress when applying for a job but if it’s littered with spelling mistakes, first stop will probably be the bin.
And with the advance in technology, more and more CVs are submitted by email so think about your email address too.
Will a boss really give a job to someone with a jokey, crude or simply offensive email address? And the most important rule is to never, ever lie – you will be caught out.
A good CV will make the difference between getting an interview or not so see it as the first step towards the job of your dreams.
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Recruitment expert Pippa Rothery admits to seeing examples which have horrified her although she’s protecting the blushes of those who wrote them and no revealing the content.
But she says: “Spell check everything and proof read. Remember a spell check won’t pick up on words like dairy when you wanted to write diary. Check punctuation, correct use of apostrophes and over use of capital letters.”
Pippa, who is branch manager at Edwards & Pearce Professional Recruitment in Parliament Street, Hull, said: “Tailor make your CV to have relevance to the vacancy. The information, of course, will be the same but you might want to consider looking at the bullet points on the job description and make sure that your experience in those areas is clear and foremost on your CV.
“It is important never to lie on your CV but you will probably want to alter your CV in small ways for different job applications. In your covering letter make sure you mention the areas of your experience that are of most relevance to the job.
“Most applications now are by email so make sure your email address has a professional tone to it and not one that will raise too many eyebrows.
“If you don’t want to risk your referees being contacted prior to receiving a job offer then don’t give names and contact numbers on your CV. It is quite acceptable to put “References: Names and contact details available on request”.”
A CV is usually scanned rather than read in detail by the potential employer first – so make your text easy to read and avoid large blocks of text.