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If you want to brush up on your CV, get new skills, find out what is new in the world of work, or just get some advice about how to improve your job prospects, Circle is here to help.
Creating a CV
Having a CV is essential in your job search. When applying for jobs you will usually have to send your CV first to present yourself to the prospective employer. A CV will include:
- Your job history
- Your achievements
- Your skills
Your CV is a tool to promote yourself so it is important you make the most of your best qualities and experience.
Things to remember when writing your CV:
- Keep sentences short, recruiters won’t have long to read it
- Use standard typefaces such as Arial
- Be honest and factual
- Keep it to two pages
- Lead with achievements, use positive words like determined, created, devised, motivated
- Dates and employment should be easily found and consistent
- Follow up all claims with examples
- Include awards or recognition received for good work, together with professional memberships and relevant training
- Put content that is relevant to the job you are applying for near the top
- Include figures where you can like number of staff or the budget you managed
- Check and re-check spelling
- Always send your CV with a covering letter ideally to a named individual
For more tips on putting together your CV and why you need to have one, visit www.cvtips.com. The Job Centre Plus website also has lots of tips and guidance on getting ready to find a job.
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