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Is it Time to Declutter Your CV?

Is it Time to Declutter Your CV?As a recruiter in an agency and in industry for many years, I have seen my fair share of CVs ranging from good to very poor. To me the ideal format is one that is easy to read with no unusual graphics. Most companies now use web based systems for uploading CVs – usually these systems don’t like elaborate graphics or photos. Word is the best format to use and PDF is best avoided. Ensure your contact details are correct. Ideally a CV should be kept to a minimum of 2 pages. It is always good to get a friend to proof read your CV. My motto is “the facts at a glance,” so keep it lean and avoid any unnecessary text. Here are my top tips for decluttering your CV: Use Microsoft Word, Times New Roman or Arial font in size 11 Avoid using photos or graphics Where possible avoid italics, use bold font in headings Avoid putting huge indents in text as this wastes valuable space Bullet points for responsibilities are ideal Avoid any typos or spelling mistakes Clear headings for each section help it flow better List any gaps in your CV, e.g. career break/traveling etc. By following these simple tips you should have a professional, well laid out CV to send to employers. Always ensure that you keep track of where you send your CV to avoid duplication. If an agency is sending your CV ensure that they have your permission and have provided you with a detailed job spec. For access to our CV and cover letter templates and all of the information you need to start looking for your next job please visit the Jobseekers section of our website: Edel Kelly Recruitment Consultant Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group...

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Tailoring your CV: One Size Does Not Fit All

Tailoring your CV, making it as relevant as possible to the job advert, is vital in order to earn yourself an interview or to progress to the next round of the hiring process. On many occasions, job seekers send the same CV out for every job they apply for. This just doesn’t work. No two employers are going to look for the exact same skills and experience. So, it’s important to customise your CV, highlighting particular skills and experience that are applicable to the job advert. What to do My advice would be to save a generic CV to your computer, which can be quickly tailored or amended to suit the job being advertised. This should contain your personal details, introduction/career objective, education, employments history, skills etc. Basically, everything about your career to date. Then, when you come across the job opportunity which is perfect for you, you customise the CV to highlight your relevant skills and experience: Read the job spec in detail Print out the job spec and read it thoroughly! Your aim here is to identify particular skills, experience or personal characteristics that they are looking for. Read through it carefully and write down what you feel is important. List your skills and experience relevant to the role Write down your own relevant skills and cross-check them against what you have identified in the job spec. The list you come up with is what’s going to make your CV stand out to the hiring manager. Customise your CV Make the necessary changes and additions to your CV. Position the most important parts well, making them stand...

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How to Structure Your CV and Stand Out From the Crowd

In today’s job market, you need your CV to stand out from the countless others that employers and recruitment agencies receive on a daily basis. In order to be in with a shot of getting your dream role you first need your CV to be noticeable, interesting and efficient. How your CV is structured is just as important as its contents – it needs to be clear, concise and relevant in order to appeal to potential employers and recruitment agencies. Your CV should include the following 6 sections: Section 1 – your personal details. Include your name, address, phone number and email address. You do not need to include your date of birth, a photo or your marital status. Section 2 – your personal profile and key achievements. This is your opportunity to sell yourself. Use just a few short sentences to highlight your attributes and the skills you can bring to the role Sections 3 & 4 – your education and work experience. You can alternate these sections, depending on which is strongest or most relevant to the job you are applying for. Always list your qualifications and experience starting with the most recent. For your work history, use bullet points to highlight your achievements and duties in the role. Use clear headings detailing your job title, the company name and your period of employment. Section 5 – your hobbies and interests. This is an important section to include as it gives potential employers an opportunity to develop an image of you as a person as well as an employee. Section 6 – your referees. It is perfectly...

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