Ten top tips for your CV

Published by Ruth Cornish on 27 December 2013.
Last updated on 30 December 2014

CV writing

1. Less is more - summarise your experience and stick to two pages max.
2. Highlight achievements and outcomes you have achieved, rather than writing a list of responsibilities.

3. Avoid cheesy, insincere statements about how fabulous you are - simply focus on the facts.

4. Comment on any gaps and front them up - whether you've taken time out to travel or take a career break to have a family.

5. Tailor your CV and covering letter/email to every job you apply for, especially if you are applying for different roles across a range of sectors or industries.
6. Forget social media at your peril - update or create your LinkedIn/Twitter accounts.

Remember, employers check social media so if you posted any regrettable tweets now is the time to delete them.
7. Never ever lie on your CV. I have caught so many people out and it's not a nice experience.
8. Make sure your CV is well laid out and looks good. Double-check for spelling mistakes.

9. Save the personal stuff for the interview, unless it's voluntary work.

10. Make sure any images of you are professional - I recently reviewed the LinkedIn page of a very impressive candidate, only to be staggered that her photo made her look like an adult movie star.

Ruth Cornish is an HR consultant with more than 25 years experience. Visit ruthcornish.com for more info.

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