Trends and fashions change from year to year, but some CVs that we and potential employers receive look like remnants from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. If your CV looks dated, it will reach the recycle bin within moments. This simple guide will help you to revitalize your first and biggest selling point.
CVs and their covering letters are the first impression you make on any future employer, particularly if sent directly to the organization, as this will determine whether an interview will be set up.
Both CV and letter must be checked for grammar and spelling. It's best to ask someone else to proof read them. When you've been immersed in text and working closely with the document, it's hard to spot the errors. Don't just rely on the spell checker, design terminology isn't always found We've lost count of how many resumes have their headings misspelled, CIRRICULUM VITAE is popular, so is CURRICULUM VITA.
We prefer a two page rather than a one page CV. The latter tend to be too brief and not informative enough. By all means go onto a third page if necessary, although this is more applicable the more experience you have. Avoid too many gimmicks or trying to be too different. Luminous green paper might stand out but will give the reader a headache and end up in the bin. Avoid designing your CV like a small notebook or a large flip chart, particularly when sending to a recruitment consultant. If they do not fit in the reader's file then they may be put aside. Recruitment consultants generally prefer A4 CVs for ease of use, copying and faxing. An electronic copy is even better. Examples of your work can be included but only if the copy quality is good and is a reflection of your abilities. If unsure, leave out. Here are some further pointers.