If you want to write a strong CV, then you will probably have a number of burning questions.
How long should a CV be?
What should I include?
What do employers want to see?
Try to fit your CV on to 2 pages of A4 in order to explain your value to employers without boring them.
Employers are mainly looking for your ability to do the job you are applying for, so ensure that you research your target roles and discover the exact skills they are looking for.
Your CV needs to be easy to read and look professional, so use a clean and simple font and avoid anything too elaborate.
Employers don’t base recruitment decisions on looks, so there’s no need to include a photograph in your CV.
You should include all of your experience but your older roles can be summarised to just a line or two in order to save space.
Recruiters do not need to know your age. They are only interested in whether or not you have the skills and knowledge to perform their job.
Long gaps in your employment should be explained for transparency but try to give positive reasons such as travelling, study or volunteering.
Hobbies are optional, so only add them if they are related to the jobs you are applying for.
You need to convince employers to open your CV, so send a short compelling cover note that explains why you are a good fit for the role.
Employers will not contact your referees until an offer has been made, so you do not need to include their details in your CV.
If you don’t have the experience that your target employers are looking for, focus on highlighting relevant skills from other areas such as your education, training or voluntary work.
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