Preparing Your CV

One page is too short, two or three are about right.

Ensure your CV is saved in an electronic format which can be easily emailed and opened. Try and avoid saving it as a document using the very latest format if clients or people with earlier software may be unable to open it.

For physical copies of your CV, avoid coloured or textured paper – your CV needs to be friendly to photocopiers and scanners.

All contact details, summary of education and qualifications ( including language fluency) should go on the first page, followed by your current or last position.

Always list employment in chronological reverse order.

If you have an unusual or company specific job title that means little to the outside world, give a generic description of your role.

Give a brief description of what you are or were responsible for- and bring to life with some dimensions, numbers of people, value of sales, length of projects.

A CV is not just a record of your responsibilities, employers need to understand what you achieved in each role – bullet point achievements.

Describe each employer briefly. You can count on most people having heard of Microsoft but many companies or their subsidiaries require some sort of introduction.

Employers do not need as much detail about what you were doing five years ago, still less ten years ago. (Unless specific to a particular job for which you are applying).

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