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A great CV can occasionally itself secure you a job, especially if you are applying for temporary work. At the very least, a strong CV should help promote you and secure interviews.
Use the following guidelines below to write and submit your CV.
The order in which you present information can be varied slightly and you must be willing to 'tweak your CV' to promote your suitability for any particular job spec.
Most CVs start with these but avoid superfluous details, such as religious affiliation, children's names and so on. It is not necessary to state your date of birth, although it can obviously be inferred from other information supplied.
Take care to include the names of institutions and dates attended in reverse order; university before school results.
The most widely accepted style of employment record is the chronological CV. Career history is presented in reverse date order, starting with most recent. Achievements and responsibilities are listed against each role. More emphasis/information should be put on more recent jobs.
A functional CV can sometimes be more appropriate if, for example, you have held a number of unrelated jobs. This presentation emphasises key skills that are grouped together under suitable headings. However, career progression and the nature of jobs held can be unclear with this type of CV.
Include computer skills and (genuine) foreign language skills and any other recent training/development that is relevant to the role to which you have applied.
Keep this section short.
These can simply be 'Available on request'.
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