CV Workshop Part 3
Hi there, it’s Anthony again with more CV writing tips. I’ve been rejigging my own CV a lot recently for different types of jobs so I’m becoming a bit of an expert, via a lot of internet based research, about writing a CV. My tips for today are as follows:
- The style of your CV should be tailored to the type of job you are applying for. For example, if you are making an application for a position as an accountant the employer will want to see that your CV is clear, straightforward and with a simple structure. If, on the other hand, you are applying for a job as digital producer or graphic designer then you are going to have to demonstrate your skills with the design of your CV and not just via the content. The CV will need to look cool and employ colour, design features or fancy elements that will impress a prospective employer.
- Your CV should be no more and no less than 2 sides of A4. Any longer and no employer will bother to read it. Any shorter and it will not only look as though you haven’t accomplished much but it will also look untidy if it doesn’t exactly fit onto 2 pages. To ensure the correct length you are likely going to need to cut some things out. A potential employer does not need to know every duty and skill from a job you did 20 years ago, unless the job is specifically related to the one you are applying for. So be clever about what information you give credence too and what you decide is uneccessary.
- Do not give the names and addresses of your referees on the CV. This is a waste of space and the employer does not need this information until, if and when, they decide to hire you. Simply write at the bottom of the last page of you CV: Reference available upon request.
That’s it for now but, as I’m learning, I will update this page with more and more tips about building your CV. Before long, I would also like to start offering tips for interviews but I’ll wait till I’ve had a few successful ones first!