CV Preparation Advice

“You might be surprised to know that you only have between 5-10 seconds at the most to impress and be shortlisted. In those 5-10 seconds, it is not necessarily the most qualified person who will be put in the shortlist pile, but it is the one who is the best at being able to get noticed by his or her CV. This requires a combination of good content and attractive appearance.”

“Employers do not have the time to spare working out what your CV is trying to tell them. You must communicate clearly and concisely the information that you wish to convey about yourself that will be of relevance to them. As a potential employee you are far more attractive if you can convince the employer that you have the qualities they require. Think about what particular employers want, and how you fit the bill.”

Points which I thought were exceptionally important to consider:  Convince the employer that you will be an asset to their company. Prepare lists of your skills and achievements . They will normally cover the following areas:

  • Education and qualifications – mention name of institution, qualification and year achieved.
  • Work experience – list skills gained. Mention any accomplishments. Show evidence of any leadership skills.
  • Extra-curricular activities – positions of responsibility, membership of a sports team. Use your interests to say something of interest about yourself.
  • General skills – for example; driving licence, languages spoken, computer skills.


Now you’ve worked out what you’ve got to offer, it’s time to think about how to present it. This is crucial to the impact and success of your CV. Bare in mind the following:

  • Avoid wordy CVs – use bullet points, keep your sentences short.
  • Make sure your grammar and spelling are correct.
  • Don’t use small or creative  fonts that make it difficult to read your CV.
  • Don’t write in capitals.


The covering letter must be tailored to each job opportunity and individual company.

As with your CV a letter should be brief, relevant, easy to read, with the spelling and grammar carefully checked.

Lastly: Visit to “Figure out why your CV gets trashed”.  The site provides a very honest review from a recruiter’s perspective.

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