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Your CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a very important document. It is the first thing that an employer will see from you and therefore can be your only chance to make that "First Impression". Take some time to plan the layout and content. There are a number of books (library?) that can help, or if you want some extra help, there are a number of people who will (for a fee) help you to prepare your CV. These days most employers will expect to see a document that has been prepared on a word processor. Hand written or typed is not good enough. Make sure the paper is clean. Do NOT get too fancy with the layout, fonts, borders etc. Remember that whoever is reading it probably has a lot of other CVs to get through and they need to be able to find the important information easily.

Opening Page

The first page should start with an outline of you. Name, DOB, marital status, highest education standard, contact details, nationality.
Do not waste space with superfluous information.

Employment History

This MUST be done in reverse chronological order. That is you must start with your current or last job/position. Your new employer will be more concerned with the recent experience as opposed to what you did straight after school. FILL in all dates. Do not leave gaps as this raises questions in the mind of the reader. A blank period can indicate that you are trying to hide something. If you were unemployed, say so. If you were trekking around the world, just saying "travelling". Honesty is the best policy.
Try to use "active" (for example: Implemented, developed, managed, supervised) words. An employer is much more interested in reading about what you have done as opposed to what was written in the job description. This means that you have to think about what you actually did that made you stand out as a valuable employee. Your current or last job should have the most detail. The detail should decrease as you go further back in time. Experience from 10 or 15 years ago may not be very relevant to your present situation.

Leisure Interests

After this section, it is normal to add a brief bit about what you are interested in socially and recreationally. Funnily enough most people (reading your CV) are curious to know what you do in your time off. This is a chance to sell yourself, so include anything that you excel in (sports, hobby etc.) and include any positions of leadership.

Training

Again in reverse time, should be listed. Do not give a huge amount of detail about the courses, most people will glance through the list to see if you are up to date with your training.

References

Professional references can be included, however most employment agents will not forward these details to an employer until later in the process. Do NOT include personal referees. Nobody takes this seriously at all.
The whole document should be a maximum of 3 to 4 pages long. Remember that the people who are reading it have got many other CVs to get through. They will probably not sit and read through 10 pages.

Proof Reading

Make sure that there are no spelling mistakes, typing errors etc. Small mistakes can spoil the effect. Get your document proof read by somebody else. Ask them to "critique" your words, listen to what they say. It is easy for the author to get lost in their own ego


Please send your resume in Word V6.0 or Higher Format.


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