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A well written Curriculum Vitae (CV) is vital when making an application for any
new job. Many people find that preparing a final CV is time-
Most companies will expect you to submit your CV in Microsoft Word format. If you do not have access to a copy then you can download an ‘open source’ alternative that will help you write and export documents in Microsoft Word format.
Tip: An employer may not have the latest version of Microsoft Word so always save documents in an older version by selecting ‘save as’ plus the appropriate file type option. So, if the latest version of Word is 2010, you might consider saving and submitting your CV in Word 2003 format.
Recruitment Consultants and regular Employers review many CVs. It is rare for any one of them to read your CV in detail. Instead, most people scan the document for the information they need to qualify your suitability. To help the reader to find the most relevant information, you you adopt a familiar style that is easy to navigate.
So, you are helping the reader and your own prospects of achieving an interview if your CV has the following sections in this order:
The content of your CV should detail and evidence:
The Golden rules of CV formatting are as follows:
Xperian Recruitment’s consultants have read thousands of CV’s and have seen numerous examples of the following issues.
Please ensure that you avoid:
On the subject of CV length, some generally observed guidance suggests that CV’s should be no longer than one or two pages. We disagree as this doesn’t take into account how modern recruitment works in practice.
Perhaps the right way of thinking about this is to include only those items that are important but express those in the fewest number of words. Your CV length will ultimately sort itself out.
Your opening Statement is very important as it’s commonly read before anything else. An estimated 70% of CV’s include the following sentiment in the opening statement:
“I am a conscientious, hard-
Try to develop an opening statement that tells the reader what you are in a professional capacity. If you can indicate levels of success with any useful metrics then our suggestion is to include those.
This CV template can be used for any role. It offers easy navigation of key subjects in the order that most employers and recruitment agents like to read them.
This CV template is geared towards Project and Programme Management individuals. General information is supplemented with a table of key skills.
This CV template is geared towards more technical individuals. In addition to the general inclusions a summary of key technical skills helps the reader.
Placing your CV onto any Job Board ensures that it is accessible by a great many people, both in the UK and overseas. Whilst most of those people will undoubtedly abide by rules of confidentiality it is wise to work on the principle that you should only deliver personal information to individuals you trust and only at the time it is legitimately requested.
You should avoid placing the following information on your CV:
National Insurance Number
Misuse of National Insurance numbers is one of the most dangerous types of identity theft. A thief may use your N.I. number fraudulently to obtain welfare benefits, tax refunds or credit.
In some cases, a thief might use your NI number to obtain employment in your name. The thief's employer will report the personal earnings of the thief to the Inland Revenue under your National Insurance number and you could be left with a bill for income taxes on those earnings.
In short, fraudulent use of your National Insurance number can result in your loss of those benefits to which you would otherwise be entitled.
Bank Account Details
Cheque fraud occurs when an identity thief reproduces cheques against your Bank Account. Using an ordinary home computer and printer Criminals can easily recreate cheques with just your account number and sort code.
Driving Licence Number
Your driving license number combined with your home address offers a thief the opportunity to manufacture a paper copy of your driving license. That can be used as proof of address (or spoof of address) on the setup of numerous credit items such as in store cards.
UK passports can be an attractive target for identity thieves. Sophisticated thieves can produce reasonable copies of passports and they can be used to fraudulently satisfy identity proof.