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The CV – Your Shop Window.

Having spent the last number of years in commercial recruitment and before that in HR, I have seen my fair share of CVs. I have read them , corrected them, rewritten them and at times had to shred them. ( Sorry…but it’s true.)
When I opened the post or my inbox on any given day, the CVs that awaited me, usually ranged from the brilliant to the absolutely awful.
What they all had in common though was that the sender had the same fundamental aim – they wanted this to represent them – their skills, experience and qualifications and this to be their way-in to securing an interview and ultimately a job.
I think we sometimes forget this aim – a CV is in a way a bit like a shop window display – if an employer likes what they see, they are intrigued to go into the store and find out what else is there; if they don’t then they just walk on by.
And whilst an employer may have literally thousands of “stores” to choose from, it is up to you to make sure that yours stands out – for all the good reasons.So, I’ve compiled a few tips to help ensure that happens.

Do Check your Contact Details.
Whether you’ve changed your mobile number or have just moved house , make sure you update this on your CV. This is a detail, many people simply forget. Updating your CV is about more than just adding in your most recent job or listing newly acquired qualifications – after all if you fail to add your new contact number, you’re not going to get that long awaited call about a job.

Do Use Spellcheck and Check the Grammar. A basic thing admittedly, but yet not always done. I have seen CVs where even the person’s name has been spelt incorrectly – by them! This attention to detail is absolutely essential and with the amount of spell check applications that currently exist, there are no excuses for this. Also, in relation to grammar, your CV is really not the place for text-speak – leave your texting abbreviations where they belong – on your phone.

Do Tell the Truth. If you purport to be a Sales Director whilst really you were a Warehouse Assistant – it will be found out. Recruitment Agencies and employers alike do check references; so there is really no point in making false claims – the truth will out in the end.

Check out 4 more tips on page 2…

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