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Writing your cv

Your CV is usually your first introduction to a prospective employer; therefore it needs to make a good impression. It is important that your CV is clear and easy to read, whilst remaining relevant to the job application.



Here are some tips to help you produce a great CV.

LENGTH


Employers will only have limited time to read through CVs, therefore you must strike a balance between providing enough relevant information and making sure that your CV is easily readable by a prospective employer or consultant.

Two to three pages of A4 is a good length – if you find your CV has expanded beyond three pages, look at the layout and make a decision as to whether all the detail you have included is relevant to the job you are applying for.

LAYOUT


Clear headings make it easier to divide your CV into logical sections. Headings such as personal information, education & training and professional experience will give the reader an outline of your expertise.

When writing your CV, use a normal document in MS Word (or similar) and avoid using text boxes or tables. As you are looking to present a professional image, avoid decorative fonts – we recommend using easily readable, professional looking fonts such as Calibri, Arial or Times New Roman in either 11 or 12 point.

Finally, we recommend that you save your CV as a simple Word document or a PDF.

PERSONAL DETAILS


This should include your full name, a contact telephone number and an email address.
Your email address should appear professional, so if it contains a nickname or is jokey e.g. mickeymouse700@..., we recommend that you open a new account via a free email provider (such as Gmail or Outlook) using your real name. However, if you do start a new email account, please remember to check it regularly!

EDUCATION


This section should be in chronological order, starting with your most recent qualification.

List your education and training with dates and the name/location of the university or training programme where you took the course.
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


This should also be in chronological order, starting with your most recent employment.

For each job, state the job title, the employer, the dates you worked there and the location. Then provide a short summary explaining your primary duties and highlight any experience relevant to the role you are applying for.

EDIT YOUR CV FOR EACH JOB


Every job is different with individual requirements. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your CV is tailored to the job application, allowing you to highlight the relevant experience for that particular job.

One way to do this is to have a core CV which you can then edit appropriately for each subsequent application.

ASK A FRIEND


We would always recommend asking a friend or family member to read through your CV before you submit it. A fresh pair of eyes can often spot any spelling mistakes which you may have missed, and check that it makes sense.

ASK SANCTUARY


If you are not sure how to write your CV or what experience to highlight for a particular job, your Sanctuary consultant will be able to help and advise you.
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