Without a doubt, your most essential job-seeking tool is an effective CV. It’s important to remember that the first impression a recruiter or employer has is based solely on your CV.  Whilst content is the most important consideration, clear, logical and consistent presentation will make it much easier to read and understand your CV. The most common issues we see are as follows:

  • Insufficient information
  • Spelling mistakes
  • Block capitals
  • Too much formatting
  • Poor structure
  • Outdated terminology
  • Lapsed memberships

All of the above factors can create a poor impression and potentially have a negative effect on your application as attention is drawn away from content. An effective CV will sell your skills and experience, provide enough information to give the reader a clear understanding of your experience and give an overview of your career aspirations. When writing a CV, you should focus on providing the reader only with the information they need to make an initial assessment on your suitability for the role.


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