Checklist for creating your CV

Make sure your CV ticks all these boxes before sending it
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Your CV is the first impression you make on your future employer so it is important it is to the highest quality and gives you the greatest chances of getting a new job. 

What to check before sending your CV 

  • Keep your CV to two pages, max. 
  • Double check your spelling and grammar, and get a family member or friend to look at it also
  • In order to keep your CV to the point, make sure you put the most relevant info (work experience, education) to the top and only include relevant info to the job on the CV.
  • Different size fonts and headings can look very messy so keep it plain, simple but most of all consistent.
  • If applying for a few different positions, make sure to update and change your CV to suit each job
  • Double check that you have a phone number and e-mail at the top of your CV
  • Use bullet points, chunky paragraphs will just look like effort to whoever is reading them
  • Check all dates are correct and you have included a start and end date for employment and education history
  • Include ‘references available on request’ at the end of your CV 
  • If you are including contact details for the referees make sure and let them know that they can expect a call
  • Include the name of organisations that you previously worked for as well as your role in the organisation

For more information, check out this article on how to write a CV, a sample cover letter and interviews.

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