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Let your CV sell you

10 Mar Career Advice
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When you’re just starting out, you won’t have much of a CV. Because you won’t have much experience. Really, that’s OK. Employers understand.

If you just graduated and the only work you’ve done is a little bar or shop work, don’t make it sound like you were running a multinational leisure and retail group single-handedly. Because that’s ridiculous.

No porkies

Tell the truth. If you’ve got gaps, don’t cover them up. Explain them briefly, and be professional. Set out tasks and goals you’ve achieved. Had any relevant failures? Spills the beans – and what you learned from the experience. Employers will eat that up.

Keep it fresh

Don’t just print off a bunch of CVs and fire them off to every opening. Tailor it each time to make you and your experience a better match for the role.

Don’t write it on a grain of rice

Unless you’re applying for a job in the creative industries, for example as a graphic designer, don’t get too fancy or tricksy with the CV. No quirky formats. No novelty papers. No comic sans.

You already know all about you

They don’t. Here’s your chance to sound interesting. No, not just interesting. Fascinating. A must-see candidate. So be sure to give as much thought to the ‘soft’ part of the CV – your interests, etc. – as the rest. Don’t just say, ‘Movies and socialising with friends.’  You can do better than that. Got a mild Marmite addiction, obsessive about United, secret bonsai collector? Excellent. Tell the world. None of the above? Find something.

Your CV has really one purpose, which is to sell you and make you stand out. Once you’re in that interview room, the real you can take over.

Oh, and one more thing. Don’t forget to sellpchcek. Er, slelpchcke. Spellcheck. That’s it.

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