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CV Advice
Cover Letters & CV Writing Tips

Your CV gives an initial snapshot of your working history. It provides the opportunity to sell yourself and show what you can bring to the role. A strong CV will secure an interview, creating a good impression prior to the first meeting.
  • The cover letter should be treated as your personal marketing literature; it introduces you, your CV and is your first chance to make a good impression.
  • If you're replying to a job advert, include the job title, reference number and if possible the publication you noticed it in.
  • The content should be brief, structured and should avoid repetition of information covered in your CV. Outline your current situation, why you're seeking a new challenge and also state why you're interested in working for the company. Highlight your transferable skills, achievements and versatility.
  • Write down all the facts about yourself, your career and training experience.
  • Decide how this will relate to the job you're applying for.
  • Clearly state the dates you were employed for and write a short, bullet point description of the duties for each.
Finally, make sure you have included any requested information, such as expected or current salary and benefits.

Format

  • Personal details: full name and contact details, including address, telephone number and email.
  • Profile – This is your opportunity to really capture your audience and sell yourself. Ideally a one-paragraph profile that sums up your professional and personal attributes, such as: key roles to date, your experience in a specific sector or industry, your ‘unique selling points,” e.g. problem-solver, team player etc.
  • Employment record: career history should be presented in reverse date order, with a short overview of the main responsibilities and career progression. If you are embarking on your first position, emphasise your training, skills and relevant work experience.
  • Educational history and professional qualifications: names of institutions and dates attended (most recent first) grades and passes attained, training, development and computer skills.
  • Hobbies and interests: listed last and kept to a minimum.
  • References: you can either list up to two, or simply state 'available on request'.
Top Tips
  • Use white paper and a plain font.
  • Do not include WordArt, ClipArt, graphics or photographs, as this can make the document look cluttered.
  • Keep to two pages if possible.
  • Always check your spelling and grammar.