Selecting the best CV format

The importance of having a proper CV should not be overlooked while seeking a career change or new employment. There is no single right way to compose your CV and if you do so everyone's will be unique. A CV is the primary information a potential employer will receive about you. Remember it is your own personal advertisement and, as such, should show you off to best advantage. Your CV must:
  • Summarize of your qualifications, experience, skills and achievements (see Career objectives)
  • Project your personality as much as possible
  • Show what problems you solved rather than 'I am good at....'
It should not be a complete autobiography, but it should give adequate information to the employer. The following guidelines will be helpful when setting out your CV:
  • Your CV should be a maximum of 2 sides of A4 (unless you are including an extra page for your publications if these are important for the post).
  • Selecting an appropriate CV format. There are many ways of presenting information but the most successful CVs are variations around a reverse chronological format of your employment and education - ie. the most recent at the top of the list.
  • Appearance
  • It should look good. Initial impressions are vital so it should look attractive.
  • Avoid large chunks of text - they look indigestible and tend to be ignored. Break it up with sub-headings or bullet points.
Finally, if you are sending your CV via e mail make sure you use a common typeface (Arial, Times New Roman, etc.).If you are posting your CV use good quality paper and use a large envelope (A4 preferably) to avoid folding.

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