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CV Preparation

"As with most things in life, 1st impressions are very important. This also applies to your CV. You may only have 1 chance to create a positive impression from your CV and if you are serious about your career, then you may want to continue reading."

 

General Information
What most clients want to see is honest and factual information on your everyday duties and responsibilities. Candidates with 'hands on' technical skills must also detail all the key skills used 'daily'. You may also want to present your technical skills in a 'skills matrix' to give a clear picture on the length of experience and the strength you have.

 

Spelling and Grammar
Please check for correct spelling and grammar. This is extremely important. CVs with errors will often not be considered further, even if in essence you are an excellent candidate with relevant experience.

 

Layout
Using text boxes and graphics and other on-page design elements can mean that your CV will not transfer well into a recruitment system and that elements can be lost when viewed.  It is just not worth taking this risk. Similarly, offering a .pdf document will often result in a request for another version in MS-Word or simply that your CV is put aside whilst other suitable candidates are found. Most companies and people work on the path of least resistance. It is important not to give anyone more work to do when considering your CV against the other people applying for a role.

CV Length
A two page CV is not the industry standard. This is just not true. It is fair to say, however, that too much unnecessary information is often added, so please do try and keep your CV as short as possible, keep it to 'an appropriate length', but do not restrict yourself to only two pages.

 

Fonts & Font Sizes
Use one font throughout your whole CV.  You can change your font size for Headings and Titles but all other content needs to remain to one font size.

 

Dates
Ensure you have correct dates throughout your CV. Never complicate matters and never contradict yourself on matters such as work dates, titles, employer details. This will come up when references are taken. Any gaps need to be accounted for and, if necessary, reasons for leaving given to explain absence and what may appear to be 'job hopping'.

 

Education & Industry Qualifications
In the industry of IT Recruitment Consultancy, technical hands on & real world experience is often more relevant then Educational & Professional Qualifications, however, it is always best to maximise any further Education to advance in your career. Always add as much detail as possible regarding any relevant certifications and be sure to have original copies to back up your statement.