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TOP tips - how to write a perfect CV!

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Writing a good CV can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting. Most employers spend just a few seconds scanning each CV before sticking it in the 'Yes' or 'No' pile. Harsh.

Employers receive an average of 60 applicants for every advertisement for a low-skilled job, and 20 for every skilled job.

See below some top tips on how to make your CV stand out from the crowd!

Personal satement

Your personal statement is one of the most important aspects of your CV. It’s where you give an overview of who you are and inject a touch of personality. You should tailor it to every job you apply for, highlighting specific qualities that match you to the role. Aim to keep your personal statement short and sweet, and no longer than a few sentences.

Know what to include in the skill section

Discover how to bring your skills to the fore and make sure you understand the difference between transferable, job-related and adaptive skills.

Proofread

Make sure you triple check your CV! Employers DO look for mistakes on CVs and if they find them, it makes you look really bad. If you're unsure then use a spellchecker and ask someone else to double-check what you've written. 

Avoid gaps

An employment gap raises suspicions, even if the reasons for that gap are completely legitimate. So you’ve been out of work? Spin it positively to your advantage. Were you taking classes? Volunteering? Increasing your soft skills in project management or teamwork? Don’t be shy! Share it.

Tailor it to the application

Gain skills with writing a CV that is adapted to an individual employer or a particular sector of industry to get the best results.

Keep it up to date

Update your CV whenever you gain a new skill or qualification. Remember that your career goals may change over time and that your CV should reflect this. 

Tell the truth!

Everyone lies on their CV, right? NO! Stop! Blatant lies on your CV can land you in a whole heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking your background and references. The last thing you want is to start work and then lose your new job for lying.

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