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The real-world Guide for writing a killer CV
 
 

Things to consider when writing a CV

  • Your choice of paper and ink
    • How you present your CV is as important as how you present yourself at an interview. A scruffy CV will be put in the No pile, just as if you were scruffy at an interview and you would not be considered. You don’t have to use fancy paper or expensive unusual ink, doing too much can cause your CV to appear garish. White A4 paper is perfectly good for the job, but you could use pastel coloured paper such as cream or a light blue to be slightly different.  When it comes to the ink you use, keep it simple and easy to read.  No one wants to read bright green or orange writing.
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  • The font style and size you use
    • Use a font that is clear and business like, such as Arial, Times New Roman and Verdana. These fonts are neat, easy to read and are good for use for bodies of text. Avoid fonts that feature stroking, handwriting styles; these are great for use in print such as brochures and advertisements but not designed to go over two or more lines of text clearly. The size of your font is important as you don’t want it to be too small to read or too big that it overpowers.  Use a font that is pt.12 in size for the main body of text, as this is a good size for reading.

  • Including GCSEs
    • Include the main GCSEs such as Maths and English and also include those that relate to the job you are applying for. Make sure that you convey how many GCSEs you have in total. If your GCSE results are mainly A grades and your A levels results appear weak, then it may be worth relaying all your GCSE results.

  • Including your nationality
    • In general you should include your nationality in your CV, especially if you aren’t British as you will be to say that you have a permit to work within the UK.

  • Potential class/results of your degree
    • When relaying your potential results, be optimistic and convey the assumption that you expect yourself to achieve the results you hope for. This is especially important if you are applying for a job that will have many applicants.

  • What to do if you have no relevant work experience
    • Identify key transferable skills that may relate to the job you are applying for. Dealing with awkward customers and working under pressure are skills that apply to most jobs, so emphasise your experience with these skills. Think about some of the experiences that you have been though and use them to show your strengths.
 
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